Insurer Must Face Coverage Suit Over LA Port Contamination

Law360 (September 30, 2020, 8:56 PM EDT) -- United National Insurance Co. can't dodge a suit claiming it acted too late in its duty to defend a Los Angeles company fighting claims from the city that it must help pay for the cleanup of toxic chemicals, a California federal judge said Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright said that L.A. Terminals Inc. had adequately shown that its general liability insurance policies included a requirement that United National Insurance defend it against the pollution claims at the Port of Los Angeles that were brought against LAT by the city.

The judge said the alleged pollution, which the city says...

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