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United States Third Circuit

General Refractories Co v. First State Insurance Co., 15-3409

In a dispute involving the rightful allocation of asbestos-related losses under thirty-year-old excess insurance policies, and to decide which of two companies, a historical manufacturer of asbestos-containing products and its insurer, will bear costs associated with a staggering number of asbestos claims, the district court's judgment that the policy is ambiguous is reversed where the phrase 'arising out of' asbestos, when used in a Pennsylvania insurance exclusion, unambiguously requires 'but for' causation.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/04/21




  • United States Third Circuit


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