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In a suit against insurers seeking coverage for tobacco product liability lawsuits, various policy exclusions precluded coverage for the underlying tobacco claims, thus insurers had no duty to defend.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/16/2002
  • Published 05/20/2002


  • WALSH, Justice:, Before WALSH, HOLLAND, and STEELE, Justices.


  • Supreme Court of Delaware


  • For Appellant:
  • Michael D. Goldman, John E. James, and Richard L. Horwitz, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, Delaware;  Robert L. Carter, Andrew M. Reidy (argued), Catherine J. Serafin, Kathrin V. Smith, Stephen M. Goldman, Matthew J. Schlesinger, and Kurt J. Hamrock, McKenna & Cuneo, LLP, Washington, D.C., for Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Richard K. Herrmann and Mary B. Matterer, Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware;  Gary D. Centola (argued), Alan C. Eagle (argued), Michael S. Gollub, and Christopher J. McGuire, Rivkin Radler, LLP, Uniondale, NY, for Appellees Royal Indemnity Company and Royal Insurance Company of America., Kevin Gross and Carmella P. Keener, Rosenthal, Monhait, Gross & Goddess, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware;  Rodney L. Eshelman (argued), Sarah M. Shields and Don Willenburg, Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, LLP, San Francisco, CA;  Stuart Philip Ross, Thomas T. Locke, Richard J. Pratt, Karen H. Ventrell, and Charles A. Jones, Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, Washington, D.C., for Appellees Continental Casualty Company and Transportation Insurance Company., B. Wilson Redfearn and Danielle Kathleen Yearick, Tybout, Redfearn & Pell, Wilmington, Delaware;  John D. Aldock, Mark S. Raffman (argued) and Matthew M. Hoffman, Shea & Gardner, Washington, D.C., for Appellee Federal Insurance Company., Donald E. Reid, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, Wilmington, Delaware;  Norman C. Kleinberg and George A. Tsougarakis, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, LLP, New York City, for Appellees Hartford Accident & Indemnity Company and Twin City Fire Insurance Company., Stuart B. Young, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware;  Robert L. Ciociola, Litchfield Cavo, Lynnfield, MA, for Appellee the Home Insurance Company, both individually and as successor in interest to The Home Indemnity Company., John D. Balaguer, White & Williams, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware;  Paul R. Koepff, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, New York City, for Appellee International Insurance Company., Anthony J. Flynn and Timothy J. Houseal, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware;  Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Los Angeles, CA, and Wayne A. Schrader, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Washington, D.C., for Appellee National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, PA., Henry E. Gallagher, Jr., Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware;  Steven D. Pearson, Scott M. Seaman and Steven J. Ciszewski, Meckler Bulger & Tilson, Chicago, IL, for Appellee Zurich American Insurance Company.
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