SantaFe Braun, Inc. v. Insurance Company of North America

September 7, 2020
Michael Velladao - Lewis Brisbois

In SantaFe Braun, Inc. v. Ins. Co. of North America et al., __Cal. App.5th__ (July 13, 2020), the California Court of Appeal followed the reasoning in the recent California Supreme Court decision in Montrose Chemical Corp. of California v. Superior Court, 9 Cal.5th 215 (2020) (“Montrose III”), and found that SantaFe Braun, Inc. (“Braun”) need only exhaust a scheduled primary policy in order to trigger coverage under a first layer excess policy in connection with asbestos bodily injury claims alleging continuous loss. Hence, an excess insurer could not rely on the argument that all scheduled and unscheduled primary insurance available to respond to the losses must be exhausted before coverage is triggered under an excess policy.

Mr. Velladao may be contacted at Michael.Velladao@lewisbrisbois.com



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