How A Product Liability Case May Impact Your Insurance

Law360, New York (April 16, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT) -- The recent $236 million jury verdict issued in New Hampshire over use of the gasoline additive MTBE raises the question of whether litigation of product liability losses may adversely impact insurance coverage.

When it comes to insurance, large manufacturers typically purchase multiple layers of insurance to defend and indemnify against product liability. However, insurance policies for product liability claims often exclude losses that are “expected or intended” by the policyholder.

Evidence admitted during a product liability trial that shows that the manufacturer knew of the risks...
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