4th Circ. Cuts Down Developers' Coverage Bid In Logging Row

By Eli Flesch (May 20, 2021, 6:48 PM EDT) -- A panel of Fourth Circuit judges affirmed a ruling that Nautilus Insurance Co. didn't have to pay for a lawsuit accusing a group of West Virginia property developers of engaging in illegal logging operations and concealing their plans to skirt zoning laws.

In a four-page opinion Wednesday, the panel said that a West Virginia federal court correctly determined that nothing triggered coverage under GC&P Development's policy with Nautilus. The developer and several related entities were only covered for bodily injury or property damage claims resulting from an accidental "occurrence," U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley said in a 2018 decision....

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