Raise money for the PAC: Annual Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast

This year the Annual Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast will benefit the S.C. Builders PAC. All proceeds from the event will go to the PAC and support your HBA’s government affairs program.

What: Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast
PAC Fundraiser
When: Thursday, September 8, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Atrium, Woodside Conference Center, TD Convention Center
Event Hosts: GBS Building Supply, Clark’s Services, Dillard-Jones Builders, Gallivan White & Boyd
About the Chili Cook Off
The Annual Chili Cook Off is anticipated by members all year. HBA members and friends compete for the best chili, enjoy steamed oysters, an assortment of sides and desserts, and adult beverages.
The chili will be judged by attendees to the event for the winner of the coveted “People’s Choice Award” for the best chili. Participants “purchase” votes on their favorite chili for $1 per vote, and all of the money will benefit the PAC. As they say in Chicago, vote early and often!
New this year will be the “Top Hot” award, judged by one of our local elected officials.
Elected officials from around the Upstate have been invited to attend.
First Annual Corn Hole Tournament
Also new this year will be the first annual Corn Hole Tournament. You know the game: toss a corn bag from 27 feet away into a small hole. Teams will enter to earn the top prize: The Corny! All entry fees will benefit the PAC.
Event Hosts and Presenters
Event Hosts and Presenters make it happen. Of course you can buy a ticket and attend. But consider doing more. Everything benefits the PAC.
Event Host: $250 includes 3 tickets to the event
Event Presenter: $500 includes 10 tickets to the event
You also can support the PAC by contributing a door prize.
Support South Carolina Builders PAC, have a good time networking and socializing with your fellow members, enjoy good food and drink, and judge the chili contest. That sounds to us like the perfect way to enjoy a Thursday evening in the Upstate!
HBA of Greenville honors its Partners

HBA of Greenville honors its Partners

Your HBA of Greenville honored its 2010 Partners yesterday at a luncheon at Hubbell Lighting. Partners help make the association’s programs and events possible. We call them Partners because they are more than just sponsors, our Partners work with your HBA to support our programs financially and the association works with our Partners to promote their businesses and their products and services.

Click here to read information about the Partner’s Club and download information about participation.

Honored yesterday were the members of the 2010 HBA Partners Club:
President’s Circle:
  • Greenville News
  • BI-LO
Director’s Circle:
  • Gallivan White & Boyd
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Lowe’s
The Partners Club members support multiple programs and events and provide substantial resources to the association that help make our core mission, including government affairs, education, and community involvement possible. Partners also are the beneficiary of additional support from the HBA including special position of their company names and logos on association communication and its website, www.HBAofGreenville.com.
Also honored were the HBA Event Partners:
  • The Original Gutter Guardian
  • Meridian Homes
  • Harold Moore Builder
  • First Choice Custom Homes
  • Priority One Security
  • Builders First Source
  • New Home Star
  • Homes & Land of the Upstate
  • Gateway Supply Company
  • Hardie Plank
  • Addison Homes
  • Jeff Lynch Appliance
  • J. Freeman and Associates
  • Dillard-Jones Builders
  • Freewood Builders
  • All-Dry Basement Systems
  • Palmetto Exterminators, Inc.
  • Donald Gardner Architects, Inc.
  • Hollison Custom Homes
  • Quinn-Satterfield
  • Home Team Pest Defense
  • Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®
  • Homeowners Mortgage
  • Capital Bank
  • Clark’s Services
  • Yoder’s Building Supply
  • Tucker Materials
  • GBS Building Supply
  • The Great Outdoors, Inc.
  • Advanced Renovations
  • Ashmore Brothers
  • ProBuild
  • Gabriel Builders, Inc.
  • Sadler Company, Inc., of Greenville

Partnership opportunities and the 2012 Partnership Program also were released at the event. Click here for details about the Partner’s Club at www.HBAofGreenville.com.

Gallivan White & Boyd Opens Office in Columbia

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A., has established a Columbia law office which opened this week in the Capitol Center, staffed by a team of skilled litigators. John T. Lay Jr., Johnston Cox, John Hudson and Shelley Montague have joined the law firm as partners in the Columbia office. James Brogdon, Childs Thrasher and Breon Walker, have joined the firm as associates.

The Columbia team has 77 years of combined legal experience and is led by Lay. They will continue to serve clients with whom they have established relationships over the years while also assisting current GWB clients and working to grow the firm as a whole.

GWB also recently announced the opening of an office in Charlotte led by Chris Kelly. GWB now serves the Southeast with three offices in two states.

Crossman Communities v. Harleysville Mutual Insurance Company

By Scott Bradley, Esq., Gallivan White & Boyd

On January 7, 2011 the SC Supreme Court issued its opinion in the matter of Crossmann Communities of North Carolina, Inc. v. Harleysville Mut. Ins. Co., Op. No. 26909 (S.C.Sup.Ct. filed Jan. 7, 2011). As you may be aware, the ruling created a significant change in the law with respect to the potential obligations of insurance companies to provide a legal defense and indemnity to builders and contractors for construction defects under a commercial general liability (CGL) policy of insurance. The Crossmann case involved alleged property damage to a condominium project resulting from ongoing and continuous water intrusion caused by allegedly improper siding installation.

In plain terms, the Court in Crossmann ruled that where the property damage at issue “is no more than the natural and probable consequence” of the faulty workmanship, it does not constitute an “occurrence” necessary to trigger coverage under a CGL policy. The Court reasoned that water intrusion is just such a consequence of faulty siding installation, thus, it did not constitute an occurrence. No occurrence means no coverage, whether the faulty workmanship was performed by you or a sub-contractor. The Court’s opinion is not limited to water intrusion.

While faulty construction was not considered an occurrence under the pre-Crossmann law, the resulting damage to non-defective components of the construction was. Under the previous caselaw, using the facts of Crossmann, there would have been no occurrence/no coverage for the faulty siding installation, but the damage to the remaining parts of the structure from the resulting water intrusion would constitute an occurrence and trigger coverage. That was significant in that it would not only provide coverage for the policyholder for the resulting water damage, but would also trigger the duty of the carrier to provide a legal defense. In the vast majority of the construction defect scenarios, however, that is no longer the case. In most construction defect situations, the builder or contractor will be left totally exposed, as the insurance carriers should be able to rely on the Crossmann decision to conclude that the defective work and any resulting damage no longer constitutes an occurrence under the law in SC. As noted above, when there is no occurrence there is no coverage or duty to defend.

It should be noted that the final word on Crossmann has not yet been written. There will be a re-hearing of the case in front of the SC Supreme Court. Additionally, there have been bills introduced in both the SC Senate and the House of Representatives seeking to legislatively define “occurrence” in a manner that would provide coverage to builders and contractors for construction defects in certain situations. The ultimate success or failure of the re-hearing or legislative process is unknown.

To register for a briefing on this issue, click here.
To read an article in Charleston Regional Business Journal providing further details of this issue, click here.