Wis. High Court Puts Chartis On Hook In Gas Explosion Case

Law360, Los Angeles (March 18, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday put Chartis Specialty Insurance Co. back on the hook for defense costs and indemnity fees incurred by a construction company in four lawsuits over injuries and property damage caused by a gas explosion, finding that the claims stemmed from a gas leak that was covered under its policy.

Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson concluded that the natural gas leak was a "pollution condition" that would necessitate coverage under Chartis' policy, and that the pollution condition caused the bodily injury and property damage alleged in the underlying suits.

The decision reversed a Wisconsin appeals court ruling just...

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