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    A matter of interest

A matter of interest

INSURANCE-RELATED COURT CASES Digested from case reports published online COURT DECISIONS A matter of interest Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation once operated an aluminum smelter in Missouri, but shut it down after two serious accidents. Thirteen different insurers had issued Noranda all-risks policies that covered the accidents, but the parties disagreed about whether Noranda was also covered for certain business interruption losses. In October 2019, after a jury trial, the superior court found

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    A blow for the opioid crisis

A blow for the opioid crisis

INSURANCE-RELATED COURT CASES Digested from case reports published online COURT DECISIONS A blow for the opioid crisis Rite Aid Corporation, Rite Aid Headquarters Corporation, and Rite Aid of Maryland, Inc., held a general liability policy issued by Chubb, Limited. Rite Aid and others were defendants in multi-district litigation before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (the “MDL Opioid Lawsuits”). Plaintiffs in that suit filed over 1,000 suits

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    Star-crossed teens on the run

Star-crossed teens on the run

INSURANCE-RELATED COURT CASES Digested from case reports published online COURT DECISIONS Star-crossed teens on the run On or about October 21, 2016, Collette J. Boure and Alexander F. Meyers, both aged 17, broke into the home of Meyers’ great aunt, Nancy Snow, took her car without her permission, fled Maine, and drove across the country. Two weeks later, while in Oklahoma, they crashed during a chase with police, resulting in Boure’s death.

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    Single justice’s decision is affirmed on appeal

Single justice’s decision is affirmed on appeal

INSURANCE-RELATED COURT CASES Digested from case reports published online COURT DECISIONS Single justice’s decision is affirmed on appeal In a complaint filed in district court, Alicia Salaman alleged that she was injured and her vehicle damaged when a vehicle driven by another driver collided with her vehicle. Count one of her complaint alleged that the other driver was negligent. Count two alleged that her insurer, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, violated a state

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    Insurer denies UIM benefits

Insurer denies UIM benefits

INSURANCE-RELATED COURT CASES Digested from case reports published online COURT DECISIONS Insurer denies UIM benefits On May 7, 2016, Mark Harrington ran a stop sign and collided with Antony Bergantino’s vehicle. Bergantino and Diane Bergantino, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were injured. Harrington had liability coverage through USAA Insurance Company with limits of $100,000 per person. Bergantino’s vehicle was insured by State Farm, including $100,000 per person coverage for medical

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