Insurer Lexington Beats Toxic Discharge Coverage Suit

Law360, New York (October 1, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT) -- A Missouri federal judge ruled Friday that Lexington Insurance Co. was not responsible for paying to defend against putative class actions accusing Doe Run Resources Corp. of discharging hazardous metals and other toxic substances, finding the pollution exclusion in Doe Run's policies applies.

Granting summary judgment in favor of Lexington, U.S. District Judge John A. Ross said the pollution exclusion, which refers to the release of pollutants or contaminants, was unambiguous in regards to the underlying allegations. The judge rejected Doe Run's argument that lead and...
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