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Phillips 66 Loses Bid For Pipeline Explosion Suit Coverage

Law360 (February 6, 2019, 10:58 PM EST) -- A Louisiana federal judge has ruled that Phillips 66 Co. cannot force a contractor’s insurer to fund its defense of two suits filed by workers who were injured in a 2017 natural gas pipeline explosion, finding that a Pelican State statute voids the contractor’s extension of coverage to Phillips 66.

Phillips 66 had sought coverage for the blast injury suits as an additional insured under a liability policy that Blanchard Contractors had purchased from Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. under the terms of a “master services agreement,” or MSA, for work on a pipeline segment near Paradis, Louisiana.

Atlantic contested its coverage obligations on...

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