addressing coverage for environmental risks

The past several decades have seen significant litigation of insurance policy interpretation issues involving environmental contamination and “toxic torts” like asbestos, benzene, and silica, raising issues such as:

  • Lost policies

  • Trigger

  • Exhaustion

  • “Drop down”

  • Allocation


Our attorneys have been advising and representing insurers on these types of disputes since the 1990s under primary and excess general liability and pollution liability policies, with standard forms and manuscript provisions.

We have litigated disputes involving environmental contamination and “toxic torts” like asbestos, benzene, silica, as well as mold-related first party property and liability claims.

While each year brings potentially new emerging environmental issues, like those relating to fracking, climate change, genetically modified organisms, and developing technologies, our attorneys stand ready to handle old and new matters as they surface.

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Environmental / Toxic Tort