Virginia Supreme Court Reaffirms Ruling that Insurer has No Duty to Defend or Indemnify Global Climate Change Suit

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court reaffirmed that Steadfast Insurance Co. does not have a duty to defend or indemnify AES Corporation in an underlying climate change liability suit. See AES Corporation v. Steadfast Insurance Company, No. 100764, 2012 Va. LEXIS 81 (Va. Sup. Ct. April 20, 2012). The Virginia high court is the first state Supreme Court in the nation to issue an opinion concerning insurance coverage for climate change liability suits, which may proliferate in the years ahead.

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