Insurer, Tannery Spar Over Pollution Defense

Law360, New York (April 14, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT) -- A battle between Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and a tanning business it insured in the 1980s is heating up, with both parties filing motions for summary judgment over whether Liberty Mutual must defend the tanning company in more than a dozen pollution lawsuits.

The parties filed their motions Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, disputing whether a pollution exclusions bars coverage for the underlying suits, which allege Prime Tanning Co. Inc. used a toxic byproduct from its tanning business as fertilizer...
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