Refinery's Blast Coverage Claim Blown Up By Own Expert

Law360 (May 3, 2019, 7:46 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Friday affirmed that Continental Refining Co. cannot force its insurer to pay for damage to its crude oil refinery from a 2015 explosion, agreeing with a lower court that a report by Continental's own expert clearly established that the blast is excluded from coverage.

A three-judge appellate panel agreed with U.S. District Judge Robert E. Wier that Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. is not obligated to cover damage from the October 2015 explosion at Continental's Somerset, Kentucky, refinery, which occurred when a segment of pipe in a "charge heater" designed to refine a petroleum product...

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