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Shilo Inn v. Maryland Casualty Company

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 23, 2010
404 F. App'x 230 (9th Cir. 2010)


No. 09-35839.

Argued and Submitted November 1, 2010.

Filed November 23, 2010.

M. Elizabeth Duncan, Charles Richard Markley, Esquire, Greene Markley, Portland, OR, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Gregory L. Baird, Elaine Joan Brown, Andrew Moses, Gordon Polscer, LLC, Portland, OR, for Garnishee-Appellee.

Stephen C. Hendricks, Hendricks Law Firm PC, Portland, OR, for Defendant-Appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Anna J. Brown, District Judge, Presiding. D.C. No. 3:08-cv-00618-BR.

Before: W. FLETCHER and FISHER, Circuit Judges, and BURY, District Judge.

The Honorable David C. Bury, United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, sitting by designation.


This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.

Shilo Inn, Seaside Oceanfront, LLC, appeals from the judgment entered in favor of Maryland Casualty Company. After James Grant negligently installed granite tub surrounds on Shilo's property, Shilo obtained an arbitration award and civil judgment against Grant. Shilo then filed this garnishment action against Maryland Casualty, which had issued Grant a commercial general liability insurance policy in effect at the time of Grant's faulty work. The district court granted Maryland Casualty's motion for summary judgment. We affirm.

Under the insurance policy, Maryland Casualty agreed to "pay those sums that the insured becomes legally obligated to pay as damages because of . . . `property damage' to which this insurance applies." The insurance applies only if the "`property damage' occurs during the policy period." "Property damage" is defined as "[p]hysical injury to tangible property." Thus, to trigger coverage, Shilo was required to show physical injury to tangible property occurring during the policy period. See St. Paul Fire Marine Ins. Co. v. McCormick Baxter Creosoting Co., 324 Or. 184, 923 P.2d 1200, 1210 (1996) ("If property is injured during the policy period, there has been an `occurrence,' and coverage under the policy is triggered.").

Here, Shilo contends that it suffered physical injury to tangible property because water intruded from the tub surrounds, damaging the sheet rock and framing studs behind the granite. Shilo, however, has not presented any evidence that this damage occurred during the policy period, which ended on June 1, 2003. At Shilo's Rule 30(b)(6) deposition, David Steiner testified that customers did not begin to use the rooms until June 2003, after Grant walked off the job on June 5 and another contractor performed mitigation work on the rooms. This evidence is uncontroverted by Shilo.

Shilo's reliance on St. Paul is misplaced. In St. Paul, the Oregon Supreme Court held that coverage is triggered by the occurrence of property damage, defined here as physical injury to tangible property, even if the damage is not discovered until later. See id. at 1211. St. Paul did not hold that mere installation of a defective product, without resulting physical injury to property during the policy period, triggers coverage.

Summary judgment was therefore properly granted.


Summaries of

Shilo Inn v. Maryland Casualty Company

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 23, 2010
404 F. App'x 230 (9th Cir. 2010)
Case details for

Shilo Inn v. Maryland Casualty Company

Case Details

Full title:SHILO INN, Seaside Oceanfront, LLC, (Judgment Creditor/Garnishor)…

Court:United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Date published: Nov 23, 2010


404 F. App'x 230 (9th Cir. 2010)