9th Circuit Affirms Ruling That EPA Letters Triggered Duty To Defend

9th Circuit Affirms Ruling That EPA Letters Triggered Duty To Defend

PORTLAND, Ore. - Two letters sent by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to a company concerning contamination at a Superfund site in Oregon constituted "suits" that triggered St. Paul Fire and Marine Co.'s duty to defend a policy holder, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Aug. 29 in upholding a ruling awarding partial summary judgment to the policy holder (Anderson Brothers Inc., et al. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Nos. 12-35346, 12-135454, 9th Cir.).

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