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Naan Bread. Make That No Bread For Policyholder. 11th Circuit Holds That Aroma Of Indian Food Is A Pollutant

Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP This spring the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the aroma of Indian food is a pollutant within the terms of a pollution exclusion. Despite its best effort to curry favor with the court, the policyholder was shown the tandoori. It is a decision that...

Release of Asbestos During Ceiling Renovation Falls Within Pollution Exclusion of Property Insurance

By Samuel H. Ruby, Shareholder, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC A California Court of Appeal has held that the release of asbestos in and about a condominium complex during the scraping of acoustical "popcorn" ceiling falls within a property insurance policy's pollution exclusion. Villa...

Colorado District Attorney lacks standing to bring citizen suit under Clean Water Act

A local Colorado district attorney, among others, filed suit against a city for allegedly discharging pollutants into a creek in violation of the CWA. The District Court granted the city's motion for summary judgment on the ground that the district attorney lacked standing. In Thiebaut et al v...

State Agency does not necessarily have exclusive expertise to address remediation such that CWA & RCRA citizen suit claims are to be dismissed, especially where there is a lack of ongoing formal state proceedings

NL Industries owned a site through 2005. It entered into an administrative consent order with the State of New Jersey which required it to clean-up part of a site and investigate other portions, including sediments in an adjacent river. The sediments showed elevated metals. NL concluded that the...

Holy Terms And Conditions: Wisconsin Supreme Court Says Kapow To Insured’s Argument That Bat Guano Is Not A Pollutant

By Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP There are two significant Pollution Exclusion cases where I've been looking forward to a decision - the Indiana Supreme Court's in State Automobile Mut. Ins. Co. v. Flexdar and the Wisconsin Supreme Court's in Hirschhorn v. Auto Owners Ins ...

No Surprise – Raw Sewage Is A Pollutant

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant The Colorado Court of Appeal was called upon to determine whether an "absolute pollution" exclusion (APE) applied to a suit for bodily injuries exposed to raw sewage. Plaintiffs, Shadi Figuli, Joshua Figuli, and Jean Chu, appealed the district court's...

Pennsylvania Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applies to Pig Farm Odor Claim

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision in Travelers Property Casualty Company of America v. Chubb Custom Insurance Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44756 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 30, 2012), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania...

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Sewer System's Discharges Did Not Violate CWA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 8 held that a California storm sewer system operator's discharges into navigable waterways did not violate the Clean Water Act (CWA), holding that the flow of water from an improved portion of a navigable waterway to an unimproved portion...

Don’t Buy a Pig in a Poke – Carbon Monoxide Is a Pollutant

Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance provides extensive coverage to those insured by the CGL. However, it does not cover every possible event or injury. In Church Mutual Insurance Company v. Clay Center Christian Church, Defendant, Cheryl S. Green; Cheryl S. Green as Personal Representative of...

Permit Shield Extended to General Permits by Sixth Circuit

In January 2015, the Sixth Circuit held that a defendant’s compliance with the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) general permit would effectively “shield” that defendant from claims filed under the citizen suit enforcement provisions...