In his recent Pennsylvania Law Weekly article, Kyle Johnson of GT Philadelphia discusses a recent decision from the federal district court in Pittsburgh, Wiseman Oil v. TIG Insurance, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14747 (W.D. Pa. Jan. 22, 2013), which highlights the importance of carrying environmental insurance, especially in connection with properties or facilities with an increased potential for environmental legacy liabilities. Many property owners believe that comprehensive general liability (CGL) policies adequately protect against environmental liabilities. However, standard CGL policies will typically only cover certain, very limited environmental liabilities and are by no means an effective tool for comprehensive environmental protection. Pollution legal liability (PLL) policies, designed to respond to contamination found on properties, are a far more useful and comprehensive mechanism to mitigate potential liability stemming from current or past ownership of environmentally sensitive properties.

To read Mr. Johnson’s article, click here.

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Caleb J. Holmes focuses his practice on environmental and commercial litigation. He has a wide range of experience in environmental transaction and regulatory counseling matters.

Caleb represents businesses in state and federal courts in environmental and commercial litigation matters. He advises and represents…

Caleb J. Holmes focuses his practice on environmental and commercial litigation. He has a wide range of experience in environmental transaction and regulatory counseling matters.

Caleb represents businesses in state and federal courts in environmental and commercial litigation matters. He advises and represents industrial and state clients on environmental issues arising in permitting, compliance activities, as well as business and real estate transactions generally. Caleb represents natural gas exploration and production companies and midstream providers in connection with the development of the Marcellus Shale and other natural gas resources.

Concentrations

  • Air, water and waste regulation
  • Superfund and contamination
  • Oil and gas development