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Insurance Coverage for Pollution Claims: New Strategies for Dealing With an Old Problem

Product Code - EHAU03
Speaker(s): Stephen Raptis, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP and David Killalea, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
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U.S. environmental laws typically impose cleanup liability on the polluter and the related costs can be devastating to a company’s bottom line. Nearly every company that has industrial operations--or that has acquired legacy industrial operations from another entity--has exposure to environmental pollution claims. Prior to the mid-1980s, commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policies often provided coverage for pollution claims. As such, older CGL policies may continue to provide coverage for pollution occurrences arising before that time. However, since then, so-called “absolute” pollution exclusions have been included in CGL policies and companies now must look more broadly at various types of insurance policies to determine what coverage is available for pollution-related claims. Understanding insurance policy options for pollution claims is critical to the risk mitigation strategy of any company with exposure to such claims.

Bloomberg BNA’s webinar is designed to help you:
•Understand basic insurance issues applicable to pollution claims
•Identify the types of insurance policies that may provide coverage for pollution claims and the types of claims that may be covered by each
•Analyze the legal framework that will shape potential recovery for pollution claims
•Explore strategies for maximizing coverage for pollution claims
•Maximize premium value when purchasing pollution coverage

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CLE credits will be available for this EHS Webinar.

Stephen Raptis, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP and David Killalea, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP


Stephen Raptis is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. Steve represents commercial policyholders nationwide in complex, multi-party insurance disputes, with a focus on environmental pollution and products liability claims. Over the last two decades, Steve has represented large petroleum companies, electrical utilities, manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in some of the largest and most complex pollution-related insurance claims in the country, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars on their behalf. Steve currently represents clients in pollution-related insurance cases. He also counsels policyholder clients in placement of specialized pollution coverage and analysis of potential pollution claims. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia bars.

David Killalea is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. David has a diverse civil litigation and strategic business counseling practice, with a substantial emphasis on insurance recovery for corporate policyholders. He leads companies in their efforts to obtain insurance recoveries, including through litigation and negotiations. David has helped his clients recover billions of dollars in insurance proceeds for mass and environmental torts. He has extensive experience working on insurance matters for financially troubled companies, both in and out of bankruptcy. David also counsels clients on a variety of insurance-related strategies. He is a member of the Virginia and Washington, D.C. bars.