Pennzoil Loses Indemnity Spat Over Pollution Events

Law360, New York (September 9, 2009, 5:59 PM EDT) -- Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. is not entitled to recover defense costs from American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co. for several lawsuits arising from pollution at a Louisiana refinery because it improperly treated several unrelated occurrences as one event, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge Lee Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas denied Pennzoil’s motion for summary judgment Sept. 4, finding that because the company treated several unrelated pollution occurrences as a related event and consequently paid a single deductible, AISLIC had...
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