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Insurer blames plumbing subcontractor for building damage

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 22, 2015

A Pennsylvania insurance firm is suing on behalf of its clients against a Houston plumbing business, alleging professional negligence in a property damage case.

Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company (PIIC) filed a lawsuit as subrogee of DRI/CA College Station and Campus Investors Texas A&M LP, of Bala Cynwyd, June 18 in the Houston Division of Southern District of Texas against Gilbert Plumbing Co. of Houston, alleging liability in a 2013 project that went awry.

According to the suit, on June 22, 2013, Gilbert Plumbing performed substandard work at Philadelphia Indemnity's 18-story multiuse facility at 717 University Drive, College Station, following a 2012 construction agreement with a builder who subcontracted plumbing installation to the defendant. The suit says the plaintiff is subrogated to its insured’s claims against the defendant for property damage allegedly resulting from water leakage.

The complaint says Gilbert Plumbing failed to exercise reasonable care in materials and workmanship, failed to warn the insured parties of hazards, neglected to retain competent workmen and violated industry standards of care.

The suit alleges negligence, breach of contract and breach of implied warranties.

Philadelphia Indemnity seeks more than $3 million in compensation, plus attorney fees, expenses and costs. PIIC is represented by attorneys Laura Schmidt and Laura Horn of Downs Stanford in Dallas.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case 4:15-cv-01745.

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