Keller and Heckman LLP – Product Contamination Insurance: South Dakota District Court Finds Ambiguity in Policy's "May Likely" Language

Hot Stuff Foods v. Houston Casualty Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92900 (D.S.D. July 5, 2012) , a recent decision out of federal court in South Dakota, highlights the importance of the "trigger" language in these types of product recall policies. At issue in the case was how to interpret the policy's...

Keller and Heckman LLP – California Federal District Court Opinion Clarifies Scope of Coverage of Product Contamination Insurance Policies

In Ruiz Food Products Inc. v. Catlin Underwriting U.S. Inc. , No. 11-889, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131031 (E.D. Cal, Sept. 13, 2012.) , the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California opined that Product Contamination Insurance (PCI) policies do not limit coverage to manufacturing occurring...

Food Companies and Their Insurers Fight Over Recall Coverage

In Food Companies and Their Insurers Fight Over Recall Coverage, by Robert D. Chesler, Kathleen F. Donovan and Cathleen Kelly Rebar, the authors report on several developments over the past three years that have transformed a scattering of insurance coverage cases involving the food industry into a separate...

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