United Fire Asks To Dodge Coverage For Pollution Injuries

Law360, New York (April 5, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT) -- United Fire & Casualty Co. filed suit in Iowa federal court Tuesday seeking to dodge defense costs for ConocoPhillips Co. over accusations it negligently caused injury to workers when a toxic substance escaped from a tank at its Wood River refinery, saying its insurance policy did not cover pollutants.

The insurer asked the court to declare that it is not obligated to defend and indemnify in the personal injury suit ConocoPhillips or its affiliate WRB Refining LLC, additional insureds on a United Fire commercial general liability...
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