Nationwide Off Hook For Chinese Drywall Claims

Law360, New York (May 16, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge ruled Friday that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. does not have a duty to defend real estate developer The Overlook Inc. in underlying litigation over its installation of defective Chinese drywall at a townhouse complex.

In partially granting Nationwide's motion for summary judgment, Judge Mark S. Davis found in a 77-page ruling that the pollution exclusion in all 26 relevant property, liability and excess liability insurance policies at issue in homeowner Ricky L. Edmonds' suit in Virginia state court prevents the insurer from...
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