11th Circ. Could Lend Wider Net To Fla. Pollution Exclusions

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT) -- In a coverage fight over a wrongful death suit, Westport Insurance Corp. on Friday urged the Eleventh Circuit to find that bacteria and other living organisms can count as pollutants excluded under liability policies, a ruling that attorneys say would stretch Florida's already-broad interpretation of pollution exclusions.

The underlying suit against Choice Hotels International Inc. and VN Hotel Group LLC claimed that a man died after contracting Legionnaires' disease from inhaling bacteria-containing vapor while using a hot tub at a Quality Suites hotel in Orlando, Fla....
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