Pa. Didn't Bar Asbestos Exclusions, Ex-Insurance Chief Says

By Matt Fair (January 14, 2014, 8:30 PM EST) -- Testifying as an expert in a dispute over liability for paying tens of thousands of asbestos-related claims, a former chief of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department told a Philadelphia jury on Tuesday that workers in the office were never ordered to issue blanket denials to insurers seeking to exclude asbestos coverage from their policies.

Linda Kaiser Conley, who served as the state's insurance commissioner for two years, testified that she'd seen no evidence supporting claims by General Refractories Co. that the Insurance Department had adopted a blanket policy of disapproving any bids for asbestos exclusions between 1979 and 1985.

GRC claims the...

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