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State of Cal. v. Underwriters at Lloyd's London, E037627

Summary judgment for defendant insurers based on exclusions in their policies for liability based on pollution and on the discharge of pollutants into a watercourse -- in case concerning whether insurers are required to indemnify the State against liability for damage caused to third parties by the discharge of pollutants from the State-s -Stringfellow Acid Pits- waste disposal site -- is reversed as the record raised a triable issue whether the State sustained liability for discharge of pollutants that fell within the -sudden and accidental- exception to the pollution exclusion and did not fall within the watercourse exclusion.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 12/28/2006
  • Published 12/28/2006

Judges

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Cotkin, Collins & Ginsburg, Roger W. Simpson, David W. Johnson, Jr., Los Angeles;  Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Darryl L. Doke, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Jill Scally, Deputy Attorney General;  Law Offices of Daniel J. Schultz, Daniel J. Schultz;  Anderson Kill & Olick, Robert M. Horkovich and Edward J. Stein, for Plaintiff and Appellant., Gauntlett & Associates, David A. Gauntlett, Irvine, and Eric R. Little as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal, Steven M. Crane, Los Angeles, Barbara S. Hodous;  Nixon Peabody, Bruce E. Copeland, Alan S. Feiler, San Francisco;  Berman & Aiwasian, Alan S. Berman, Steven P. Haskell;  Riedl, McCloskey & Waring and Andrew McCloskey for Defendants and Respondents., Wiley Rein & Fielding, Laura A. Foggan;  Sinnott, Dito, Moura & Puebla, Randolph P. Sinnott and John J. Moura, Los Angeles, as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.
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