Hussey Copper, Ltd. v. Arrowood Indemnity Company, f/k/a Royal Insurance Company of America
Year 2009
Court U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
Case Number 09-4037
  • Pollution Exclusion and Coverages
  • Pennsylvania

UP’s letter addressed the meaning of the absolute pollution exclusion and how it affects policyholders throughout the nation. Insurance policies are often the only viable source of defense and indemnification. The absolute pollution exclusion undercuts coverage that policyholders had bought and relied upon. If misapplied, as in this case, the absolute pollution exclusion can deny coverage that policyholders purchased and badly needed. UP asked the Court to hold that the completed-products operations clause—as applied in cases such as this one—trumps the absolute pollution exclusion.