Flintkote Keeps Asbestos Coverage Disputes In Arbitration

Law360, New York (October 03, 2013, 6:20 PM ET) -- Bankrupt construction products purveyor Flintkote Co. on Monday succeeded in pushing Aviva PLC and a British subsidiary into arbitration over more than $20 million in disputed asbestos liability coverage, with a Delaware judge binding Aviva to an arbitration agreement it never signed.

U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark determined that since Aviva had exploited a global mediation between Flintkote and other insurers for its own benefit, it was estopped from invoking a 1989 pact with the company that called for coverage disputes to be resolved exclusively...
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