Manure Clash Adds To Bizarre Pollution Exclusion Case Law

Law360, New York (December 17, 2013, 8:08 PM EST) -- Bat droppings, restaurant aromas, pig farm stink and cow manure may not fall on your list of classic pollutants, but whether the pollution exclusion applies to them is another story. Wrangling between policyholders and insurers over the proper place for the contentious exclusion has produced a series of unexpected rulings in recent years.

In one of the latest decisions, a Wisconsin appeals court mulled whether the pollution exclusion nixed coverage for losses caused by cow manure that polluted a local aquifer and contaminated water wells. Pollution...
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