Meghan Collins

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Polluting the Plain Meaning of Policy Exclusions

The scope of the pollution exclusion in liability policies continues to be a highly-contested insurance coverage issue. One of the more recent debates in this area is whether the pollution exclusion’s application is limited to “traditional environmental pollution” or whether the exclusion should be afforded its plain and ordinary meaning, similar to other policy exclusions. The Vermont Supreme Court recently sided with insurers on this issue, holding that a policy’s pollution exclusion should be treated with the same analysis as
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Where Throwing in the Kitchen Sink Doesn’t Help — Orient Overseas Assocs. v. XL Ins. Am., Inc.

In its recent decision, the Appellate Division (1st Dept.) of the New York Supreme Court may have provided insurers with another basis to dismiss arguably duplicative claims arising from Super Storm Sandy. In Orient Overseas Associates v. XL Insurance America, Inc., the Appellate Division considered whether, in a case in which a breach of contract claim was already plead against an insurer based on its alleged failure to pay for damages covered under its policy, this same conduct may provide
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Illinois Court Finds No Breach in Insurance Company’s Decision Not to Defend

Last week, the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the lower court’s ruling in Illinois Emcasco Insurance Company v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance that Emcasco did not breach its duty to defend a construction contractor against a personal injury suit. This appellate court panel did, however, reverse the lower court’s ruling that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company breached its duty to settle this personal injury suit within its policy limits. The underlying injury lawsuit stemmed from a 1998 construction accident filed against Triumph Development
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Are You My Agent? Insured’s Notice to Broker Deemed Sufficient

In First Chicago Insurance Company v. Molda and Wilson, 2015 IL App. (1st) 140548, First Chicago appealed an adverse verdict finding that it had a duty to defend its insured in the underlying lawsuit. The Appellate Court affirmed the district court’s ruling, finding, in pertinent part, that the insured’s notice of the claim and suit were proper and timely. The insured’s employee, Molda, was involved in an automobile collision while driving as a salesman for the policyholder, Metrolift. First Chicago
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