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State of California v. Cont'l Ins. Co., E041425

In a lawsuit brought by the state against its insurers for recovery of amounts paid to clean up a hazardous waste site, trial court erred in: 1) admitting certain documents under the "ancient documents" hearsay exception because those documents had not "been generally acted upon as true"; and 2) holding that the state was not allowed to stack the policy limits of all applicable policies across all applicable policy periods.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/05/2009
  • Published 01/05/2009



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Cotkin & Collins, Roger W. Simpson, Las Vegas, NV;  Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Darryl L. Doke and Jill Scally, Deputy Attorneys General;  Law Offices of Daniel J. Schultz, Daniel J. Schultz, Tempe, AZ;  Anderson Kill & Olick, Robert M. Horkovich, Edward J. Stein, Robert Chung, and Cort Malone, New York City, for Plaintiff, Cross-Defendant, and Appellant., Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal, Steven M. Crane, Los Angeles, Barbara S. Hodous;  Berman & Aiwasian, Deborah A. Aiwasian, Steven M. Haskell, Los Angeles;  Woolls & Peer, John E. Peer and H. Douglas Galt, Los Angeles, for Defendants, Cross-Complainants, and Appellants Continental Insurance Company, Continental Casualty Company, Horace Mann Insurance Company and Yosemite Insurance Company., Barber Law Group, Bryan M. Barber, San Francisco, and Steven D. Meier, for Defendant, Cross-Complainant, and Respondent Employers Insurance of Wausau., Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, Patrick M. Kelly, Carey B. Moorehead, Craig C. Hunter, Robert Cooper, Los Angeles;  Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Paul E.B. Glad and Katherine J. Evans, San Francisco, for Defendant, Cross-Complainant, and Appellant Stonebridge Life Insurance Company., Gauntlett & Associates, David A. Gauntlett and James A. Lowe, Irvine, for the Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice and United Policyholders as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff, Cross-Defendant, and Appellant., Winston & Strawn, Scott P. DeVries and Yelitza V. Dunham, San Francisco, for the League of California Cities as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff, Cross-Defendant, and Appellant., Latham & Watkins, David L. Mulliken, Kristine L. Wilkes, Johanna S. Schiavoni and Drew T. Gardiner, San Diego, for Montrose Chemical Corporation of California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff, Cross-Defendant, and Appellant., Heller Ehrman, Reynold L. Siemens, Los Angeles, and David A. Thomas for Whittaker Corporation as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff, Cross-Defendant, and Appellant.
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