Silicosis Insurance Claims Against St. Paul Nixed

Law360, New York (January 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. has won a bid to toss Essilor Laboratories of America Inc.'s lawsuit alleging that the insurance company is obligated to defend and indemnify the ophthalmic lens maker for silicosis-related claims under various policies the insurer issued to Essilor's predecessor more than two decades ago.

In a ruling Tuesday, Judge William Griesbach of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted St. Paul's motion to throw out Essilor's claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure...
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