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Milwaukee Metro. Sewerage Dist. v. American Int'l Specialty Ins. Co.

Applying state law, the Seventh Circuit reversed a lower court decision to hold that a sewerage district was not entitled to reformation of an environmental liability insurance policy to include a certain parcel of real property. Based...

United Coop. v. Frontier FS Coop.

A Wisconsin appellate court held that a lower court erred in dismissing insurers from a property owner's breach of contract claim against the former owner of the property for environmental contamination. As part of the sales contract...

Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Employers Ins. of Wausau

The court affirms a trial court holding that no insurance coverage existed for 21 of a company's contaminated landfill sites. For purposes of determining if the company's insurance applied, the court set forth four categories of sites....

Wisconsin v. Rhinelander, City of

The court affirms summary judgments dismissing a city's claim that its insurer breached its duty to indemnify and defend the city in a state action filed against it for damages and remediation of a landfill that was leaching...

Red Arrow Prods. Co. v. Employers Ins. of Wausau

The court holds that an insurer need not indemnify or defend a food flavoring company under insurance policies issued to the company's predecessor for claims arising out of the company's liability at a national priorities list site. The...

Wisconsin Power & Light Co. v. Century Indem. Co.

Applying Wisconsin law, the court holds that the environmental investigation costs incurred by a utility company at two sites it previously owned are not damages under the company's comprehensive general liability (CGL) policies....

Scottish Guarantee Ins. Co. v. Dwyer

The court holds that under Wisconsin law, an insurer has a duty to defend its insured under the "wrongful entry" clause of a commercial policy against negligent trespass claims for damage to groundwells caused by a release of chemicals...

Patz v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co.

The court affirms a district court decision that an insurance policy's pollution exclusion and owner exclusion clauses do not bar the policy's coverage of the insureds' costs of complying with a government order to clean up contaminated...