Insurers Take Aim At Ashland Over Factory Explosion

Law360, New York (December 20, 2011, 10:14 PM EST) -- Specialty chemicals manufacturer Ashland Inc. was hit with a proposed class action brought Tuesday by insurers and individuals over a 2006 factory explosion that allegedly caused more than $30 million in damages in surrounding residential areas.

In their complaint filed in Massachusetts federal court, the plaintiffs claim Ashland supplied large amounts of explosive and volatile solvents for CAI Inc., the commercial printing ink manufacturer that operated the Danvers, Mass., facility where the November 2006 explosion took place.

Ashland delivered some 6,000 gallons of flammable solvent the...
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