Dry Cleaners Seek To Bar Insurers' Pollution Defense

Law360, New York (December 7, 2009, 2:22 PM EST) -- The owners of an Alaska property contaminated with dry-cleaning chemicals have accused two insurers of waiting too long to assert several policy exclusions to avoid contributing to the multimillion-dollar cleanup.

The plaintiffs lodged their motion for partial summary judgment with the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on Friday, seeking a ruling that the North River Insurance Co. and the United States Fire Insurance Co. are barred from denying coverage under two primary policies and are estopped from bringing up new coverage arguments under...
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