Docket No. S042287.

11 Cal.4th 1 (1995)

900 P.2d 619

44 Cal. Rptr.2d 370

JAMES R. WALLER, JR., et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. TRUCK INSURANCE EXCHANGE, INC., et al., Defendants and Appellants.

Supreme Court of California.

August 28, 1995.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Waldman & Chuang, Carter & Chuang, Craig H. Bell, Horvitz & Levy, Ellis J. Horvitz, David M. Axelrad and Mitchell C. Tilner for Defendants and Appellants.

Charles W. Savage, Jody Carr, Michael A. Mathews, Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, Roxani M. Gillespie, Richard de Saint Phalle, J. Karren Baker, Barbara G. Mikalson, Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, Roy G. Weatherup, Maureen Haight Gee, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Paul E.B. Glad, Thomas Holden, Robie & Matthai, James R. Robie, Michael J. O'Neill, Pamela E. Dunn, Chapman, Popik & White, Susan M. Popik, Kathleen M. Wardlaw, McCormick, Bartsow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth, James P. Wagoner, James H. Wilkins, Wendy S. Lloyd, Gregory A. Floyd, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, Mark G. Bonino, Lawrence O. Monin and Allison G. Dobbrow as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Appellants.

Ford & Pedersen, The Ford Law Firm, William H. Ford III, Claudia J. Serviss, Neil Pedersen, George G. Kim, Michael D. Collins, Paul C. Cook, Osborn & Patton, Osborn, Anderson & Wood, Richard G. Osborn, George F. Robertie, Carol F. Anderson and Susan E. Abitanta for Plaintiffs and Respondents.

James T. Linford, Irell & Manella, Thomas W. Johnson, Jr., Steven L. Sloca, Marc S. Maister, Mary-Christine Sungaila, Hill, Wynne, Troop & Meisinger, Kirk A. Pasich, Lori Yankelevits, Thomas & Elliott, Steve Thomas, Jay Elliott, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, David M. Halbreich, Latham & Watkins, G. Andrew Lundberg, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Ronald M. Oster, Eve M. Coddon, Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, David B. Goodwin, Wayne S. Bravemen, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Charles D. Siegal as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Respondents.



We granted review to decide the recurring issue whether a commercial general liability insurer is required to defend a third party action that seeks incidental emotional distress damages caused by the insured's noncovered economic or business torts. The Court of Appeal below concluded that allegations of incidental emotional distress damages flowing from noncovered causes of action fall outside the scope of a commercial...

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