Washington Appeals Court Rules No Coverage for Property Damage Caused by Leaking Underground Tanks After Insurance Policies Expire

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Last week, the Washington Court of Appeals upheld the denial of insurance coverage for property damage caused by a release of gasoline from an underground storage tank ("UST"). In Walla Walla College v. Ohio Casualty Ins. Co., a panel in Division Three of the Washington Court of Appeals ruled that there was no insurance coverage for damage to property that occurred ten years after the USTs were improperly installed and eight years after the insurance policies expired.

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