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Arizona Federal Judge: No Duty To Defend, Indemnify City For Asbestos Claim

(September 20, 2016, 12:19 PM EDT) -- PHOENIX — Excess and umbrella insurers have no duty to defend or indemnify the City of Phoenix for the settlement of an asbestos bodily injury claim because when the amount of defense costs is allocated across the effective policy periods, the costs do not exceed the city’s self-insured retained limit, an Arizona federal judge said Sept. 2 (City of Phoenix v. First State Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-00511, D. Ariz.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119024).

(Opinion available. Document #03-160921-007Z.)

From 1981 to 1985, the City...
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