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Successfully Resolved Nine-Figure Insurance Coverage Litigation

Syngenta Crop Protection

HNRK successfully represented a major manufacturer of agrichemical products in insurance coverage litigation concerning in excess of $170 million. HNRK brought the action against scores of insurers to enforce their coverage obligations under pre-1986 policies in connection with nationwide class action products liability claims alleging our client’s herbicide product contaminated water sources for over 50 years. In the course of the representation, HNRK defeated two rounds of summary judgment motions filed by insurers to date. This included a significant legal victory under New York insurance law in the defeat of a summary judgment motion to void coverage on the basis of the policies’ pollution exclusions for gradual alleged pollution, on the ground that the client’s useful agrichemical product was not a “pollutant.”

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