Zurich Shakes Bad Faith Claim Over Asbestos Settlement

Law360, New York (September 21, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed part of a Missouri county's counterclaim against Zurich American Insurance Co. alleging a bad faith failure to settle underlying litigation over asbestos contamination at a Kansas City courthouse, finding the claim required an excess settlement.

Zurich originally sued U.S. Engineering Co. and others in June 2010 to avoid covering the contractor in asbestos suits in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, including a putative class action seeking medical monitoring services because of the asbestos fibers that were allegedly released during...
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