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In UK Howden Ruling, A Warning For Forum Shopping Insurers

Law360, New York (December 12, 2012, 9:08 PM EST) -- In a sharply worded opinion, a British appeals court refused last week to let Howden North America Inc.'s insurers use an  English court to instruct a Pennsylvania federal judge on questions of asbestos coverage, a decision attorneys say delivers a powerful rebuke to insurers eyeing a more sympathetic forum across the Atlantic.

Howden, an industrial air and gas products maker, persuaded the appeals court on Dec. 6 to overturn a decision saying it would be useful to have a British court weigh in on whether English law governed eight excess policies — even though a federal judge in Pennsylvania already held...

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