Fla. Court Shields Forum Clauses In Surplus Lines Policies

Law360, New York (November 7, 2013, 7:52 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court refused Wednesday to adopt a blanket rule that would have invalidated forum selection clauses in surplus lines policies issued to Florida policyholders, handing a win to Illinois Union Insurance Co. in a fight with a gas station owner over the proper venue for a coverage fight over a cleanup.

The First District Court of Appeal reversed an earlier decision in the lawsuit between Illinois Union and gas station owner Co-Free Inc. over coverage under a storage tank liability insurance policy. The insurer...
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