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“The Evolving Definition of Occurrence”

On August 26, 2014 by Schnader

On August 26, 2014, Schnader partner Gordon S. Woodward authored “The Evolving Definition of Occurrence” in The Legal Intelligencer regarding how the definition of occurrence is construed by the courts in standard commercial general liability (CGL) policies. Changes in the definition of occurrence are something both insurers and insureds should monitor closely, as they have the potential to dramatically alter the coverage landscape from one jurisdiction to the next.

This article reviews the traditional view of occurrence as it relates to coverage for faulty products or defective work, an emerging national trend, and recent developments in Pennsylvania.