Insurers Say Union Oil Can't Sue For Cleanup Coverage

Law360, Los Angeles (September 29, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT) -- Attorneys for U.S. Fire Insurance Co. and other insurers told a California judge Thursday he should dismiss parts of Union Oil Co. of California’s lawsuit seeking indemnification for environmental cleanup at a 3,000-acre oil field, claiming the company deliberately contaminated the site.

Susan Field of Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP, who represents U.S. Fire, argued that Judge Carl J. West should grant the insurers’ motion to dismiss claims under pre-1970 insurance policies on grounds that a state insurance law excluded liability for willful acts that an...
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