A federal district court has ruled that a unit of American International Group Inc. must defend two companies in lawsuits accused of damages resulting from sterilization facilities in a residential area.
Residents of Willowbrook, Ill., filed suit against Alsip, Ill.-based Griffith Foods International Inc. and Oak Brook, Ill.-based Sterigenics US LLC, claiming they suffered injuries from the companies’ operation of sterilization facilities that exposed them to ethylene oxide emissions, according to Wednesday’s ruling in Sterigenics US LLC v. National Union Fire Insurance Co . of Pittsburgh, PA and Griffith Foods International Inc. et al. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co . in Pittsburgh, PA.
They filed separate but related lawsuits against AIG unit National Union seeking defense and indemnification.
The ruling focused on AIG̵7;s duty to define both companies. The lawsuit “alleges bodily and personal injury that triggers coverage under the Policies, and National Union has not met its burden of showing that any exclusions apply,” said the decision, which argued that AIG has a duty to defend the companies.
Attorneys in the case did not respond to requests for comment.