Costco Can't Apply Wash. Law In $20M Cheese Coverage Suit

Law360, New York (September 20, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Costco Wholesale Corp.'s attempt to apply Washington state law in its $20 million lawsuit against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. for denying coverage in litigation over allegedly contaminated cheese, instead finding California law should govern the dispute.

Costco couldn't prove Washington was the center of the controversy, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones said in denying the company's partial motion for summary judgment, and because California law doesn't allow some of Costco's claims from its complaint, those were dismissed from the...
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