China Pacific Must Defend Whirlpool Over Deadly AC Fire

Law360, New York (November 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal judge on Thursday found that China Pacific Property Insurance Co. Ltd. breached its contract with Whirlpool Corp. when it refused to pay defense costs related to a deadly air conditioner fire, dismissing the insurer’s arguments as “senseless” and “perverse.”

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker ruled that costs incurred by Whirlpool in its defense of a suit claiming a defective air conditioning unit caused a fire that resulted in three fatalities fall unambiguously within the scope of a policy issued by China Pacific,...
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