Northrop's 'Ostrich Defense' Won't Fly For Cleanup Coverage

Law360, New York (November 14, 2013, 1:49 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday granted Travelers Casualty and Surety Co.'s bid to dodge coverage for cleanup costs at Long Island facilities owned by Northrop Grumman Systems Co., saying the company could not excuse its failure to provide timely notice with an “ostrich defense."

Ruling on a pair of summary judgment motions, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest said Grumman provided Travelers with late notice of a state environmental claim over pollution at its Bethpage facility in Long Island in January 1984, under a...
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