The First Department, in a full-fledged opinion by Justice Kapnick, determined plaintiffs are additional insureds under an insurance policy issued by defendant to nonparty Upgrade, the contractor hired to restore concrete catwalks. Plaintiffs, Windsor Apartments and Argo Real Estate, are entitled to coverage for a slip and fall in plaintiffs’ building allegedly caused by painting the floor all the same color, thereby disguising a change in elevation:
Defendant State National issued a commercial general liability (CGL) policy to Upgrade during the relevant time period. The policy contained a “Blanket Additional Insured” Endorsement that limited coverage to operations performed by or on behalf of Upgrade:
“It is agreed that this Policy shall include as additional Insureds any person or organization to whom the Named Insured [Upgrade] has agreed by written contract to provide coverage, but only with respect to operations performed by or on behalf of the Named Insured and only with respect to occurrences subsequent to the making of such written contract.”
The State National policy also stated that its coverage was primary, with exceptions not applicable here, for damages arising out of the premises or operations for which an entity is added as an additional insured.
The policy issued by plaintiff Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (Fireman’s) to Windsor and Argo provided that coverage was excess when its insureds, Windsor and Argo, have other primary insurance available to them covering liability for damages arising out of the premises or operations for which they have been added as an additional insured. * * *
… [S]ince the injury to the plaintiff in the underlying action here “arose out of” Upgrade’s operation of painting the walkways, plaintiffs are additional insureds under the State National policy and the policy is primary in connection with the underlying action. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v State Natl. Ins. Co., 2019 NY Slip Op 09399, First Dept 12-26-19