Insurer Can't Escape Shipyard Sandblasting Coverage Suit

By Kat Sieniuc (November 28, 2016, 5:26 PM EST) -- A Louisiana federal judge last week refused to let Arch Insurance Co. off the hook from its defense of contractors and a shipyard accused of dispersing silica dust and toxic substances during a project, ruling the insured companies don't qualify as "polluters" within the definition of the insurance policy.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Wednesday rejected Arch's bid to shed its duty to defend Superior Labor Services Inc. and Masse Contracting against claims that their sandblasting activities at Allied Shipyard in Louisiana, an additional insured, caused local residents to contract severe diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and silicosis, as well...

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