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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | USA | 2 Jan 2012

Illinois appellate court holds that despite anti-assignment clause, insurers must defend policy assignees where loss precedes assignment

In Illinois Tool Works Inc. v. Commerce and Industry Insurance Co., 2011 WL 6247399 (Ill. App. Ct. Dec. 12, 2011) (“Illinois Tool”), an Illinois appellate court reversed a trial court’s ruling that two insurers owed no coverage or defense to an assignee of insurance benefits following a pollution-related loss.


Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | USA | 6 Dec 2011

Idaho federal court rules that environmental administrative proceedings constitute "suits" under contracts for general liability insurance

In Wells Cargo, Inc. v. Transport Insurance Co., 2011 WL 5080143 (D. Idaho Oct. 26, 2011), an Idaho federal court held that a CERCLA administrative proceeding constitutes a “suit” under Idaho law and, therefore, the costs of responding to such proceedings qualify as covered defense costs under contracts for general liability insurance.

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