Breaking Down The Collapse Doctrine In Wash.
Ninth Circuit certifies question to Washington Supreme Court seeking doctrine of collapse definition for property damage insurance coverage.
August, 29, 2014
Picture an old red barn perched in the middle of a rolling green farm. The barn’s best days are long gone and the faded wooden siding leaks whenever it rains. A structural engineer inspects the leaky barn at the owner’s behest and opines that it has reached a state of substantial structural impairment and may fall down. Nonetheless, the barn is still standing, for now, and remains in use. The ownership files a property insurance claim.
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