Insurer Wants Mont. To Repay $16M For Asbestos Suits

Law360, New York (February 27, 2012, 4:27 PM EST) -- National Indemnity Co. sued Montana on Friday to recoup $16.1 million it paid to help the state settle lawsuits filed by victims of asbestos-related diseases who claimed government officials failed to warn them about the dangers of living near a vermiculite mine.

The insurer said it shouldn’t have to pay the state's costs because the settlement was based on allegations that the state government concealed reports about the dangers of working in and living near the mine.

It also claimed the state did not fulfill its...
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