Wash. Law Wins Out In Columbia Crash Coverage Suit

Law360, New York (December 14, 2010, 6:22 PM EST) -- A federal court has narrowed the issues at dispute in Columbia Casualty Co.'s suit seeking to avoid the $5 million in coverage American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co. alleges the insurer owes for a $49 million verdict over a car crash injury.

Judge Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California partially granted AISLIC's motion for summary judgment Monday. She found that Washington law governs the dispute, that Columbia must show actual prejudice to rely on a no-voluntary-payment clause, and...
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