Hartford Balks At Coverage In Lead-Tainted Juice MDL

Law360, New York (July 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT) -- Hartford Fire Insurance Co. alleged Friday in a New York state lawsuit that it had no obligation to defend or indemnify fruit juice maker Cliffstar LLC for claims in a multidistrict litigation over lead contamination in commercial fruit products.

Cliffstar’s distributor, Topco Associates LLC, is a named defendant in the MDL, which alleges Topoco and several co-defendants misled consumers about the presence of lead in certain fruit juices and processed fruit dishes.

Hartford says it has no duty to cover Cliffstar, its insured, or Cliffstar’s parent...
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