Century Must Pay For Electric Co.'s Defense In Cleanup Row

Law360, New York (February 5, 2013, 2:11 PM EST) -- A New York judge on Friday found that Century Indemnity Co. has a duty to defend Narragansett Electric Co. in an environmental lawsuit over the cleanup of gas byproduct wastes released during excavation at a Massachusetts landfill.

Judge P. Kevin Castel found that the release of decades-old pollution by a residential contractor in 1984 qualifies as a "sudden and accidental" event under an exception to a pollution exclusion in Century’s primary policy with Narragansett. As a result, Century was obligated to defend the utility in a...
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