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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...

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

The court holds that an insurer has a duty to indemnify an asbestos tile manufacturer for underlying asbestos-related personal injury claims that were triggered during the one-year commercial general liability policy period. The...

Matador Petroleum Corp. v. St. Paul Surplus Lines Ins. Co.

Applying Texas law, the court holds that an insurer properly denied an oil company coverage for a discharge of pollutants that contaminated adjacent property and waterways. The pollution was caused when a drilling pit collapsed in the...

Lubbock County Hosp. Dist. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa.

The court holds that two endorsements to a helicopter company's aircraft liability insurance policy do not provide coverage for damages resulting from an oil spill at a hospital's helipad. The hospital contracted with the company for...

Guaranty Nat'l Ins. Co. v. Vic Mfg. Co.

The court holds that the insurer of a dry cleaning equipment manufacturer has no duty-to-defend the manufacturer for claims arising out of perchloroethylene (perc) contamination caused by the equipment. The court first notes that...

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...

In re Texas E. Transmission Corp. PCB Contamination Ins. Coverage Litig.

The court holds that comprehensive general liability insurance carriers do not have to pay their insured for damages associated with the insured's discharge of polychlorinated biphenyl-laden oils into the environment. The district court...

Bituminous Casualty Corp. v. Vacuum Tanks, Inc.

The court holds that an insurer does not have the duty to defend a policyholder against a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) claim where evidence of the policies' existence is available, but...