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CDM Investors v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co.

The court affirms a lower court decision that under California law, an insurance company need not provide coverage for the costs property owners incurred responding to suspected soil and groundwater pollution. A state agency ordered the...

Lockheed Corp. v. Continental Ins. Co.

A court upholds, with modification, a trial court decision in favor of an insurance company in a case involving an aerospace manufacturer's claim for coverage under numerous insurance policies for pollution-related liability totaling...

Powerine Oil Co. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County

The court holds that an oil company's insurer must indemnify the company for environmental cleanup and abatement costs ordered by a state administrative agency. In a previous case concerning another insurer of the company, the court...

San Diego, County of v. Ace Property & Cas. Ins. Co.

The court holds that an insurance company need not indemnify a county for expenses it incurred in responding to an administrative agency order requiring it to remediate environmental contamination at a county landfill. The nonstandard,...

Associated Aviation Underwriters, Inc. v. Purex Indus., Inc.

The court reverses a trial court opinion that an insurer did not have a duty to defend or indemnify a company whose predecessor was covered by the insurer. After a series of mergers and acquisitions, the present company was formed and...

Aerojet-General Corp. v. American Excess Ins. Co.

The court holds that res judicata bars a manufacturer's declaratory relief action seeking a declaration that insurers must indemnify the manufacturer for claims brought against it for harm caused by the discharge of chemicals to...

Kazi v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co.

The court holds that an insurer providing a liability policy that covers damage to tangible property on the insureds' premises has no duty to defend the insureds in an easement dispute. The dispute arose after the insureds graded an...

K.F. Dairies, Inc. & Affiliates v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co.

The court, applying California law, holds that an insurer had a duty to defend an insured in an underlying Comprehensive Environmental, Compensation, and Liability Act groundwater contamination suit when the damage occurred during the...

Connecticut Indem. Co. v. Superior Court of San Joaquin County

The court holds that a city council, pursuant to a legislative investigation of toxic contamination of groundwater, may issue subpoenas to insurers in order to obtain information relating to liability insurance coverage and claims...

Pacific Indem. Co. v. Bellefonte Ins. Co.

The court affirms in part and reverses in part a lower court judgment determining that an insurer of the San Diego Bay Port District had a duty to defend the district from a citizen suit alleging that the district breached the public...