Pollution Exclusion Bars Coverage For Contamination Arising Out Of Sewer Work

(June 13, 2016, 1:30 PM EDT) -- BUFFALO, N.Y. — An insurer has no duty to defend an insured plumbing company for an underlying suit arising out of the discharge of hazardous chemicals into nearby homes while the insured was refurbishing a sewer system because the policy’s pollution exclusion clearly bars coverage, a New York federal judge said June 10 (Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Roy’s Plumbing Inc., et al., No. 13-1000, W.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75958).

(Opinion available. Document #03-160615-004Z.)

Cincinnati Insurance Co. filed suit in the U.S. District Court for...
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