National Union Told To Kick In For Valspar Benzene Defense

Law360, Chicago (April 1, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT) -- A Minnesota federal judge ruled Friday that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., has duties to defend Valspar Corp. in litigation brought by former employees and others over alleged benzene exposure injuries and to contribute to Continental Casualty Co. for defense costs that insurer already incurred.

U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim partly granted and partly denied cross-motions for summary judgment from Continental, which launched the coverage dispute back in 2009 against National Union, and from Valspar, which intervened as a defendant. The judge...
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