9th Circ. Affirms Ruling That EPA Letters Trigger Coverage
By Bibeka Shrestha
Law360, New York (October 10, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit refused Thursday to revisit a decision holding that letters from federal environmental regulators that alert companies to potential liability at Superfund sites trigger coverage under Oregon law because they qualify as “suits,” dealing a blow to St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co.
Shortly after a three-judge panel declined to send legal questions raised in the case to Oregon's high court, it likewise turned down St. Paul's request for a second shot before the appeals court in a coverage fight with auto parts...