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May 2015 Monthly Review

Thought” of the Month:  “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”  Albert Einstein

GEORGIA – Pollution Exclusion Does Not Bar Coverage For Lead Claims, Panel Majority Says

            Amy Smith v. Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. No. A14A1824 and Bobby Chupp v. Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., No. A14A1825, Ga. App., 1st Div.; 2015 Ga. App. LEXIS 247


NEVADA – Release of Carbon Monoxide Was The Only Cause Of Death, Federal Judge Determines

            Century Surety Company v. Casino West, Inc., No. 07-636, D. Nev.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39482


MINNESOTA – Judge:  2 “Occurrences” For Coverage Under CGL Insurance Policies

            National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA and American Home Assurance Co. v. Donaldson Company Inc. and Federal Insurance Co., No. 10-4948, D. Minn.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35499

NEW YORK – New York Federal Judge Enters Judgment In Favor Of Insurance For Environmental Costs

            Olin Corp. v. Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 84-1968, S.D. N.Y.


VERMONT – Vermont High Court Majority Says Policy’s Pollution Exclusion Is Not Ambiguous

            Cincinnati Specialty Underwriters Insurance Co. v. Energy Wise Homes Inc., et al., No. 14-165, Vt. Sup.; 2015 Vt. LEXIS 33


NEVADA – Insurer Has Duty To Defend Construction Defects Case, Judge Says

            Gemini Insurance Co. v. North American Capacity Insurance Co., No. 14-00121, D. Nev.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44234


ILLINOIS – Insurer Did Not Breach Duty To Defend Insured For Bodily Injury Claims, Panel Says

            Sinclair Oil Corp. v. Allianz Underwriters Insurance Co. f/k/a Allianz Underwriters Inc., No. 5-14-0069, Ill. App. 5th Dist.; 2015 Ill. App. LEXIS 250


CALIFORNIA – Parties’ Motions To Compel Mostly Denied In Dispute Over Hazardous Waste Fire

            Carolina Casualty Insurance Co. v. Oahu Air Conditioning Service Inc., et al., No. 2:13-cv-01378, E.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40786


ILLINOIS – Judge:  Insurer Has No Duty to Defend, Indemnify Costs From Faulty Work

            AMCO Insurance Co. v. Northern Heritage Builders LLC and American Family Insurance Co., No. 12-09071, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41341


NEW YORK – Federal Judge Orders Insurer To Pay Almost $9M In Attorney Fees

            Danaher Corp. v. Travelers Indemnity Co., et al., No. 10-0121, S.D. N.Y.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48769


CALIFORNIA – Judgement Does Not Trigger Excess Insurer’s Duty to Defend, Judge Concludes

            Nordby Construction Inc. v. American Safety Indemnity Co., et al., No. 14-04074, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49048

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