National Union Must Defend BNSF In Crash Suits: Texas Court

Law360, New York (August 30, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT) -- National Union Fire Insurance Co. was obligated to provide legal defense for Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co. in multimillion-dollar lawsuits stemming from a fatal crash, a Texas appeals court ruled Wednesday, saying the train company was covered under a contractor’s liability policy.

The appeals court had previously reached the opposite conclusion but revisited the issue after a ruling last year from the Texas Supreme Court, which didn’t resolve questions surrounding the so-called duty to defend but raised doubts about the appeals court’s original reasoning....
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