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Aggio v. Estate of Joseph Aggio

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of an insurance company in an action under CERCLA and the California Hazardous Substance Account Act to recover response costs and other damages related...

Employers Ins. of Wausau v. Neal Feay Co.

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify a metal coating company in underlying proceedings filed against it concerning soil and groundwater contamination at the...

State v. Allstate Ins. Co.

The Supreme Court of California affirmed in part and reversed in part an appellate court decision reversing a trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of excess insurance companies in the state's action to obtain coverage for...

State v. California Continental Ins. Co.

A California appellate court held that a trial court erred by limiting the state's insurance coverage for cleanup costs at the Stringfellow hazardous waste site to the policy limits in effect for any one policy period. In California,...

Otay Land Co. v. Royal Indem. Co.

A California appellate court held that the owner of a contaminated site may not intervene in an action between the prior owner and its insurer over coverage for the contamination. California law generally prohibits third parties from...

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

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...

Aerojet-General Corp. v. Commercial Union

The court holds that sums agreed to be paid as a settlement of litigation are not subject to indemnification as "damages" under excess liability insurance policies. The case arose after a rocket and missile manufacturer sued for breach...

Frontier Oil Corp. v. RLI Ins. Co.

A California appellate court reversed a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of an insurance company in a case involving several personal injury actions arising from the operation of an oil and gas production facility next...

Ortega Rock Quarry v. Golden Eagle Ins. Corp.

An appellate court holds that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify a company in underlying actions concerning its unauthorized discharge of fill material into a creek. The discharges occurred after the company placed fill dirt...

Employers Ins. Co. of Wausau v. Travelers Indem. Co.

A court upholds a declaratory judgment requiring the defendant insurance company to contribute to a second insurance company's cost of defending a manufacturing plant that both companies insured. The defendant previously entered into a...