Zurich Wants Out Of Defending Chicago Petcoke Dust Suits

Law360, Chicago (January 31, 2014, 1:45 PM EST) -- Zurich American Insurance Co. on Thursday sued to avoid covering defense costs for George J. Beemsterboer Inc. and Calumet Transload Railroad LLC in class actions alleging coal and petroleum coke dust from the companies' terminals are plaguing Chicago neighborhoods.

In a complaint filed in Illinois state court, Zurich and two affiliates say that their policies with the companies contain pollution exclusions that bar coverage for the three lawsuits, which target the defendants and others for allegedly failing to secure giant heaps of coal and petroleum coke...
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