Insurer Avoids Coverage For Energizer Battery-Disposal Row

Law360, New York (March 19, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT) -- A Michigan appeals court ruled Tuesday that Auto-Owners Insurance Co. did not have to defend a battery disposal company against a business dispute that arose after Energizer Battery Manufacturing Inc. learned that Chinese websites were selling defective batteries that should have been recycled or disposed of.

The appeals court agreed with Auto-Owners that the fight between disposal company Battery Solutions Inc. and Energizer contractor Triumvirate Environmental Inc. did not constitute a personal injury that would be covered under Battery Solutions' general insurance policies.

Battery Solutions had...
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