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Texas Supreme Court Denies Rehearing in U.S. Metals v. Liberty Mutual
by Robert Witmeyer

On June 17, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court denied the parties’ motions for rehearing in U.S. Metals v. Liberty Mutual, No. 14-0753, 2015 WL 7792557 (Tex. Dec. 4, 2015).  The Court’s opinion represents the current law in Texas for “property damage” and the “impaired property” exclusion under a CGL policy.  But the Court’s opinion likely will be most cited for an issue that the Court did not fully analyze—insurance coverage for “rip and tear” costs.       

The dispute arose from U.S. Metals’ sale of approximately 350 custom-made flanges to ExxonMobil for use in constructing non-road diesel units at ExxonMobil’s refineries.  The flanges were supposed to meet industry standards and were designed to be welded to piping.  The pipes and flanges were then covered with a special high temperature coating and insulation after they were welded together.  In post-installation testing, several flanges leaked.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that the flanges did not meet industry standards.  ExxonMobil decided it was necessary to replace all of the flanges to avoid the risk of fire and explosion.  For each flange, this process involved stripping the temperature coating and insulation (destroyed in the process), cutting t...(Continue)

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