California Court of Appeal

Reset A A Font size: Print

BECHTEL PETROLEUM OPERATIONS v. CONTINENTAL INS. CO., B140133

Insurers had no duty to defend plaintiff, because the absolute pollution exclusions in the insurance policies operated to exclude coverage for bodily injuries allegedly caused by toxic substances that are "pollutants" within the meaning of the policies, even if work site was not "occupied" by the named insured, as required under the terms of several exclusions.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/28/2002
  • Published 02/28/2002

Judges

  • BOLAND, J.*

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Schaffer, Lax, McNaughton & Chen and John H. Horwitz, Los Angeles, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Sehr Cortner McNaboe Colliau & Jordan, San Francisco, and W. Heather Sourial, Los Angeles, for Defendant and Respondent Continental Insurance Company., Sinnott, Dito, Moura & Puebla and Randolph P. Sinnott, Los Angeles;  Wiley Rein & Fielding and Theodore A. Howard, Santa Ana, for Defendant and Respondent Steadfast Insurance Company., Morris, Polich & Purdy, Jeffrey S. Barron, David Vendler, and Lee I. Petersil, Los Angeles, for Defendant and Respondent Royal Insurance Company of America.