Docket Nos. A049419, A049631, A049654, A049659, A049661, A049663, A049664, A049665, A049666, A049667, A049668, A049669, A049670, A049671, A049672, A049808, A049875.

45 Cal.App.4th 1 (1996)

ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES, INC., Plaintiff, Cross-defendant and Respondent, v. AETNA CASUALTY & SURETY COMPANY et al., Defendants and Appellants; RELIANCE INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant, Cross-complainant and Appellant. FIBREBOARD CORPORATION, Cross-complainant and Respondent, v. PACIFIC INDEMNITY COMPANY et al., Cross-defendants and Appellants. GAF CORPORATION, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. COLUMBIA CASUALTY COMPANY et al., Defendants and Appellants.

Court of Appeals of California, First District, Division One.

April 30, 1996.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Richard J. Doren, Fred F. Gregory, Lynberg & Watkins, R. Jeff Carlisle, Ellen R. Krakow, Bishop, Barry, Howe, Haney & Ryder, Nelson C. Barry, Rebecca Barry Aherne, Daniel U. Smith, Kirtland & Packard, Robert A. Muhlbach, Alschuler, Grossman & Pines, Marshall Grossman, Frank Kaplan, Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, Rodney Eshelman, Donald Ramsey, David M. Rice, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Herbert M. Wachtell, David Gruenstein, Jeffrey R. Boffa, Morris, Polich & Purdy, Steven M. Crane, Kaufman & Logan, Jeffrey Kaufman, Peter J. Logan, Pave, McCord, Jacobs & Berkes, Robert H. Berkes, Patrick J. Jacobs, O'Melveney & Myers, Martin S. Checov, John G. Niles, Hillsinger & Costanzo, N. Brooks Weld, Dinsmore & Shohl, Gerald V. Weigle, Jr., Manta & Welge, Joseph G. Manta, Mark Manta, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, Frederick D. Baker, Kathleen D. Patterson, Terry L. Croghan, Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, Raoul D. Kennedy, Peter Davis, James C. Martin, Dewey Ballantine, Paul J. Bschorr, Richard B. Sypher, Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, Ronald R. Robinson, Marybeth Jacobsen, Paul S. White, Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft, Philip R. Matthews, Paul J. Killion, Harris & Green, Lon Harris and Gary L. Green for insurance company Appellants.

Troop, Meisinger, Steuber & Pasich, David W. Steuber, Kirk A. Pasich and Martin D. Katz for Plaintiff and Appellant.

Covington & Burling, Robert H. Sayler, William Skinner, Howrey & Simon, John E. Heintz, Lisa Latorre, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Cary B. Lerman for Plaintiff, Cross-defendant and Respondent.

Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, William R. Irwin, Donald W. Brown and Thomas M. Peterson for Cross-complainant and Respondent.

[Opinion certified for partial publication.*]



This appeal raises a number of complex questions concerning insurance coverage for claims of asbestos-related bodily injuries and property damage. In the proceedings below, separate declaratory relief actions and related cross-actions involving three asbestos manufacturers — Armstrong...


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