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National Indemnity Co. v. State

Court: Montana Supreme Court

Citation: 2021 MT 300

Opinion Date: November 23, 2021

Judge: James A. Rice

Areas of Law: Insurance Law, Personal Injury

The Supreme Court affirmed the rulings of the district court that the State was covered by an insurance policy it had with National Indemnity Company (National) for claims made against the State for injury and death resulting from asbestos exposure but reversed the district court’s rulings regarding qualifying “occurrences” under the policy, holding that remand was required for further consideration of these issues.

This insurance dispute followed litigation between the State and claimants who alleged that they were harmed by the State’s failure to warn them of the hazards of asbestos exposure over years of mining and milling operations in Libby, Montana. National insured the State against general liability from 1973-1975. National filed this action seeking determinations that it had no obligation to defend the State or to cover the claims. The State concluded that National breached its duty to defend the State but disagreed with the district court’s determination of the number of “occurrences” eligible for coverage under the policy, holding that remand was required for further factual findings.

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