Pollution Exclusion Applies To Carbon Monoxide: Minn. Court

Law360, New York (June 3, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT) -- A majority of Minnesota Supreme Court justices ruled Friday that a pollution exclusion cuts off coverage for carbon monoxide poisoning purportedly caused by a general contractor's negligence, marking the first time the high court has tackled the scope of the absolute pollution exclusion.

In siding with Midwest Family Mutual Insurance Co., the state high court relied heavily on its 1994 ruling in Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota v. Royal Insurance Co. of America, which analyzed the scope of a qualified pollution exclusion....
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