Hartford Can't Shake Montello Asbestos Coverage Suit

Law360, New York (October 3, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT) -- An Oklahoma federal judge on Friday partially denied Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.'s motion to dismiss a complaint by Montello Inc., keeping the insurance company embroiled in a dispute over coverage for hundreds of asbestos claims against Montello.

Montello, a distributor of products used in the oil-drilling industry, sued many insurers for coverage of claims related to asbestos that it sold as a drilling mud additive. While Hartford didn't directly insure Montello, it was sued as the owner of Indiana-based Twin City Fire Insurance Co., which...
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