A jury in the state court in New York on Monday ruled in favor of Brooklyn Union Gas Co. in a two-decade-old environmental remediation dispute against a Chubb Ltd. unit.
The final amount to be allocated to the benefit as a result of the judgment in Century Indemnity Co. v. Brooklyn Union Gas Co. et al. has not yet been decided by the trial court, New York’s Supreme Court.
The underlying dispute in the lawsuit is about whether, and to what extent, the Chubb Century, as Brooklyn Union’s surplus insurer, must cover the “major costs” that the power plant incurs through its contributions to the environmental cleanup of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and other locations. previously manufactured gas plants, according to court documents in the case.
The jury considered that the Brooklyn Union had proved “with a predominant part of the evidence”; that the property damage that had occurred in various places was unintentional, according to the court papers in the case.
Brooklyn Union Attorney Gretchen Hoff Varner, a partner with Covington & Burling LLP in San Francisco, said in a statement, “We are pleased that after decades of avoiding its insurance commitments, the jury has demanded that Century pay its fair share of the redevelopment costs on Gowanus. Canal Superfund website. “
A spokesman for Chubb said in a statement, “As a policy issue, we do not comment on legal issues.”