Insurers Let Off Hook For Bridgestone Workers' Suit

Law360, New York (June 18, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed a ruling that Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and other insurers are not liable for hearing loss claims made by employees at a Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC plant because the hearing loss was not caused by an accident.

Under the policies involved, long-term exposure to noise does not constitute and “accident” even if it eventually results in the hearing loss of employees, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said on Thursday.

The underlying case involves employees...
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