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Royal Indem. Co. v. United Enters., Inc.

ELR Citation: 38 ELR 20110
Nos. No. D051011, (Cal. App. 4th Dist., 04/23/2008)

A California appellate court held that a property owner may not intervene in an insurance coverage dispute between an insurance company and the former property owner from which the current owner seeks contribution. The current owner argued that it has a legitimate interest in making coverage arguments that may affect its possibilities of recovering damages and environmental cleanup costs under its pending contribution action. It contended that without intervention, rulings could be made in its absence that would affect its rights to pursue the insurance company as a "potential" judgment creditor of the former owner. The current owner's interest, however, is purely speculative at this point.