Pollution Exclusion Bars Coverage For Contamination Claims, Federal Judge Says

Mealey's (June 7, 2016, 8:25 AM EDT) -- SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge on June 3 determined that a commercial general liability policy’s pollution exclusion clearly bars coverage for underlying environmental contamination claims filed against an insured; however, the judge said a potential for coverage exists under the applicable business auto policies (American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co., et al. v. Technichem Inc., et al., No. 15-03611, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72793).

(Opinion available. Document #03-160608-006Z.)

From approximately 1987 to 2003, Technichem Inc. operated a business in Emeryville, Calif., that...
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