Pollution Clause Lets Venoco Insurer Off Hook: Court

Law360, New York (July 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A California appeals court has ruled that a Gulf Underwriters Insurance Co. is not obligated to provide liability coverage to oil producer Venoco Inc. for pollution-related health claims brought by former students and staff members of Beverly Hills High School, which is near a Venoco well site.

Affirming a lower court’s judgment, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, issued a decision Wednesday asserting that the Gulf policy bars coverage for tort actions filed against the oil company, by virtue of...
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