WM Hotel Group, LLC v. Pride Construction, Inc.
2008 R.I.Super.LEXIS 9 (2008)
WM Hotel, owner of the Hampton Inn & Suites, located in Middletown, R.I. initiated a lawsuit against Pride Construction, the general contractor for the construction of its hotel, Antcil Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors, Inc., the plumbing subcontractor that installed the hotel bathtubs and Travelers, Antcil’s insurer under a CGL policy.
Antcil installed the tubs, tested them for leaks, placed “tub protectors” in each and transferred control of them to Pride. The tubs began evidencing cracking, rust, and sagging. WM Hotel asserted that 93 of the 95 tubs were defective as manufactured and/or installed and that it was Antcil’s faulty installation that resulted in the damage to the tubs. Forensic testing and analysis indicated that a styrofoam sound deadening pad was missing from beneath the tubs, and that the omission could have contributed to deflection of the bathing surface. Travelers filed a motion for summary judgment asserting that the CGL policy issued on behalf of Antcil did not provide coverage for the damage incurred. Travelers asserted that the damages were not the result of an “occurrence” as defined in the policy and that exclusionary language in the policy precluded coverage.
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