Barr's $2M Damage Claims Nixed In Benzene Coverage Row

Law360, New York (November 28, 2011, 8:03 PM EST) -- A Tennessee federal judge on Monday ruled that insurers must defend and indemnify W.M. Barr & Co. Inc. in dozens of lawsuits related to benzene exposure, but rejected Barr's estimates of roughly $2 million in damages as insufficiently supported by evidence.

Barr has been hit with several tort lawsuits alleging injury from benzene in its solvent and cleaning products. Plaintiff Travelers Indemnity Co. initiated the current coverage suit in September 2008, seeking to recover contributions toward Barr's defense from Barr and other insurers whose general liability...
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