Insurers Must Defend Illinois Tool In Slew Of Toxic Tort Suits

Law360, New York (April 16, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT) -- An Illinois judge on Friday ordered three insurers to defend Illinois Tool Works Inc. against some of the thousands of lawsuits claiming injuries from welding products that contained asbestos and other harmful chemicals, also holding that the carriers could not allocate defense costs using a pro rata approach.

Cook County Chancery Judge Kathleen Kennedy held that Travelers Casualty & Surety Co., the Travelers Indemnity Co. of Connecticut and Century Indemnity Co. have a duty to defend ITW and ITW Finishing LLC against toxic tort suits claiming...
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