Insurer Loses Key Claim In Crystal Plant Explosion Suit

Law360, New York (January 5, 2012, 8:31 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge ruled last week that Nipponkoa Insurance Co. Ltd. could not avoid covering a fatal 2009 explosion at an NDK Crystal Inc. plant by arguing the synthetic quartz crystal manufacturer knew the catastrophe was imminent.

In a Dec. 29 ruling, U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala tossed one of the two counts in Nipponkoa's complaint, pointing out that the insurer, too, had been aware of the risks but did not include a specific exclusion for the explosion in the property insurance policy it issued...
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