Insurers bracing for potential losses from the installation of defective Chinese drywall in homes in the Southeast may find themselves named directly in lawsuits, according to legal experts.

During a recent webinar, lawyers from Nelson Levine deLuca & Horst, a Blue Bell, Pa.-based firm that represents insurers, outlined the potential for insurers to have to pay first-party claims related to drywall issues under homeowners and commercial property policies, as well as third-party claims under liability policies for drywall distributors, builders and installers.

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