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Opioid Litigation: Is There a Prescription for Insurance Coverage?

DRI: For the Defense

October 2018

Author: Paul S. White

Paul White (Partner-Los Angeles) tackles the issue of “Opioid Litigation: Is There a Prescription for Insurance Coverage” in the October 2018 issue of For the Defense, DRI’s magazine for defense, insurance and corporate counsel. Paul posits that while there are likely to be numerous coverage issues that arise from opioid crisis lawsuits, the focus in the initial coverage litigation matters has been on three key issues under general liability policies: Do the allegations potentially qualify as “accidents” or “occurrences”? Are the plaintiffs’ costs damages because of or for “bodily injury”? How will product liability exclusions factor into an insurer’s obligation to defend or indemnify?

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