Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Virginia Court to Decide the First Climate Change-Related Insurance Coverage Case

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On April 19, 2011, the same day the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in American Electric Power Co. Inc., et al., v. Connecticut, et al. , the Supreme Court of Virginia heard oral arguments in a less well known...

Marten Law: Virginia Supreme Court to Decide Insurance Coverage for Climate Change Suits--AES Corp. v. Steadfast Insurance Co.

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "The Supreme Court of Virginia will soon decide whether a claim for damages alleged to have resulted from climate change is a covered 'occurrence' under standard general liability policies," writes Steven Jones. "The case, AES Corp...

Marten Law on AES Corp. v. Steadfast Insurance Co. – Virginia Supreme Court Holds That Climate Change Allegations Do Not Trigger Insurer's Duty to Defend

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "In a case being closely watched by both insurers and insureds, the Virginia Supreme Court has held that an insurer's duty to defend is not triggered by allegations of damages flowing from intentional actions that the plaintiffs claim resulted in...

Supreme Court of Virginia Once Again Holds That Climate Change Lawsuit Did Not Trigger Duty to Defend by Insurer

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) An underlying complaint alleges that damages were the "natural and probable consequence" of an insured's intentional actions, the Virginia Supreme Court said April 20, upholding its finding that a commercial general liability insurer has no duty to defend...