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Midwest v. Wolters: The Plain Meaning Approach To Insurance Policy Interpretation

Date: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $30.00


Steve Tomsche and Matt Smith will briefly discuss the Minnesota Supreme Court's reasoning and conclusions in the Midwest v. Wolters case.  In Midwest v. Wolters the Supreme Court held that the pollution exclusion in a liability insurance policy issued to a building contractor applied to bar insurance coverage for bodily injuries resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning.  The indoor carbon monoxide release was caused by the negligent installation of a boiler by the insured contractor.  The Supreme Court applied a "plain meaning approach" to insurance policy interpretation and declined to adopt the view of a majority of U.S. jurisdictions that refuse to enforce the pollution exclusion to exclude coverage for similar indoor releases of pollutants.  The Supreme Court also held that the insured contractor was not afforded coverage under the reasonable expectations doctrine.  Discussion, questions and input from the audience are welcome and encouraged. 

Steven Tomsche, Tomsche, Sonnesyn & Tomsche, PA
Matthew Smith, Tomsche, Sonnesyn & Tomsche, PA

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE credits approved | Event Code: 182392   

Section Members:   $20.00
MSBA Members but not Section Members:  $25.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $30.00
Law Students:  Free

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Deadline to Register:  September 11, 2013
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