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November 2007 Archives

Absence of Property Damage During Policy Period

Under New York Law, property damage is deemed to occur within the period of an occurrence-based policy, if injury-in-fact takes place during the policy period. See Continental Casualty Co. v. Rapid-American Corp., 177 A.D.2d 61 (App. Div., 1992). An insurer may only refuse to defend an action, however, where a comparison of the policy with the underlying complaint shows on its face that there is no potential for coverage. See Ruder & Finn, Inc. v. Seaboard Sur. Co., 52 N.Y.2d 663 (1981). 

Pollution Legal Liability (PLL) Policy

Pollution Legal Liability (PLL) policies protect policy holders against third-party claims for property damage, personal injury and cleanup costs relating to environmental contamination. Typically, a PLL policy will protect can the insured party from loss arising from pollution conditions at or emanating from the insured Site. Depending upon the specifics, a PLL policy will by and large cover the costs of cleanup, as well as bodily injury and property damage resulting from environmental conditions. Certain business interruption costs can also be covered by a PLL policy. 

Cost Cap Insurance Policy

Cost-Cap insurance policies pay for costs that exceed the estimated cost of a remedial plan. These policies typically have large "co-insurance" and deductible provisions, so that the insured must still pay a significant portion of the cost overruns. Policies are also available to cover contractors and consultants for environmental liabilities. 

Common Law Recovery of Cleanup Cost for Petroleum Spills

New York's Oil Spill Act, Article 12 of the New York Navigation Law, provides a natural and attractive starting point for people seeking to recover cleanup costs for petroleum spills. The Act imposition of strict liability holds out the promise of avoiding litigation over events and states of mind for which little or contradictory evidence exists, or that may be vulnerable to highly subjective interpretation long after the fact. Under the Oil Spill Act, if someone's actions caused or contributed to a discharge of petroleum, he is liable for its cleanup, without regard to his state of mind or relationship to others at the time. 

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