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Wakefield Pork, Inc. v. RAM Mut. Ins. Co.

A Minnesota appellate court held that an insurance company had no duty to defend or indemnify a pig owner in an underlying lawsuit brought by his neighbor claiming injury and damage from manure odors. The neighbor's complaint fell...

Hawkins Chem., Inc. v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co.

The court holds that two insurance companies breached their duty to defend a chemical distributor in a class action alleging personal injuries caused by toxic fumes from a warehouse fire. The court first holds that a pollution exclusion...

SnyderGeneral Corp. v. Continental Ins. Co.

The court holds that the pollution exclusion clauses contained in two insurance policies preclude coverage for a large trichloroethylene (TCE) spill at a heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer's plant. The spill occurred...

Bell Lumber & Pole Co. v. U.S. Fire Ins. Co.

The court holds that under Minnesota law, an insured wood treatment company's deliberate disposal of pentachlorophenol (penta) sludge on the ground is not an "occurrence" within the meaning of primary comprehensive general liability or...