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Anderson Brothers, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co.

The Ninth Circuit held that an insurance company breached its duty to defend a trucking equipment company when it refused to provide a defense after the company received letters from EPA notifying it of its potential liability under...

Century Surety Co. v. DeLoach

A Texas appellate court held that an insurance company has a duty to defend its insured in underlying lawsuits stemming from a sinkhole formed by the insured's waste disposal well operations. The insurance company argued that it had no...

Bradley v. Continental Insurance Co.

A district court held that an insurance company must defend its insured in an underlying case involving minors' exposure to...

Ash Grove Cement Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.

A district court held that a request for information from EPA to a cement company under CERCLA §104(e) constitutes a "suit" under the terms of the company's insurance policies, thereby triggering the insurers' duty to defend. Under...

Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. v. Continental Ins. Co.

The court upheld summary judgment against one insurance company and in favor of another insurance company in a dispute concerning the insurers' duties to defend a manufacturer against a third-party complaint for environmental cleanup...

Primrose Operating Co. v. National Am. Ins. Co.

The Fifth Circuit upheld a district court decision holding that an insurer had a duty to defend an oil company in an underlying suit in which the company was alleged to have polluted a nearby ranch. The insurance contract contained a...

Guaranty Nat'l Ins. Co. v. Azrock Indus. Inc.

The court, interpreting Texas law, holds that exposure to asbestos is the event that triggers an insurer's duty to defend in asbestos personal injury cases under a uniform comprehensive general liability policy and, therefore, reverses...

Employers Ins. of Wausau v. Duplan Corp.

The court holds that under New York law, insurers are not obligated to defend and indernnify a clothing manufacturer from private and government damage claims stemming from contamination at the manufacturer's New York and Virgin Islands...

Royal Ins. Co. of Am. v. Kirksville College of Osteopathic Med.

Applying Missouri law, the court holds that insurers had a duty to defend a college in a trespass claim against its neighbor. The neighbor filed negligence and trespass claims against the college after the college punctured an...

Compass Ins. Co. v. Littleton, City of

The court holds that insurers have a duty to defend two cities that disposed of sewage sludge at a landfill that became a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CER-CLA) site. The court first holds that...