Continental Suit Exception To '8 Corners' Rule: 11th Circ.

Law360, New York (March 20, 2014, 9:29 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit held Thursday that Continental Insurance Co. does not have to defend boat manufacturer Composite Structures Inc. against claims of injuries from carbon monoxide exposure, making an exception to the rule that courts can consider only underlying allegations and the insurance policy while determining a duty to defend.

Like the lower court, the Eleventh Circuit ruled there was no defense coverage by looking beyond the four corners of an underlying complaint and of Composite's insurance policy — known as the eight corners rule —...
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