Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
James W. Christie, III, Philadelphia, PA, for defendant-appellant (Christie, Pabarue, Mortensen and Young, attorneys; Mr. Christie and Peter J. Lynch, Cherry Hill, of counsel and on the briefs).
C. MacNeil Mitchell, a member of the New York bar, New York City, for plaintiff-respondent (Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, attorneys; Mr. Mitchell, Donald Jeffrey Campbell and Charles Stoia, Morristown, of counsel and on the briefs).
Brian R. Ade, West Orange, for amici curiae Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and Hartford Accident & Indemnity Company (Gilberg & Kiernan, attorneys; Robert F. Walsh, New York City, of counsel; Mr. Ade, Mr. Walsh and Anthony J. LaPorta, West Orange, on the brief).
Kevin J. Bruno, Roseland, submitted a joint brief on behalf of amici curiae Alco Industries, Inc., The Boc Group, Combustion Engineering, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, The Flintkote Company, Genstar Corporation, Illinois Tool Works Inc., Millenium Holdings Corp., Pfizer Inc., PPG Industries, Inc., Princeton Gamma Tech Inc., The Stearns & Foster Bedding Company, Schlumberger Ltd., Unisys Corporation, Warner-Lambert Company and Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation (Hannoch Weisman, attorneys for Alco Industries, Inc., Combustion Engineering, Inc., Illinois Tool Works Inc., PPG Industries, Inc., Princeton Gamma Tech Inc., The Stearns & Foster Bedding Company, Schlumberger Ltd. and Unisys Corporation; Gregory J. Schwartz and Laurie J. Sands, of counsel; McCarter & English, attorneys for The Flintkote Company and Genstar Corporation; Gita Rothschild, Newark, of counsel; Dughi and Hewit, attorneys for Warner Lambert Company; Russell L. Hewit and Daniel R. Lindemann, Cranford, of counsel; Anderson Kill & Olick, Newark, attorneys for The Boc Group, Millenium Holdings Corp., Pfizer Inc., and Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation; Paul E. Breene, Newark, of counsel, and Sills Cummis Zuckerman Radin Tischman Epstein & Gross, attorneys for Eastman Kodak Company; Phillip R. Sellinger, Livingston, and Jeffrey M. Pollock, of counsel).
Laurie B. Epstein and William G. Passannante, New York City, submitted a brief on behalf of amicus curiae United Policyholders Inc. (Anderson, Kill & Olick, attorneys).
Susan Stryker, Trenton, submitted a brief on behalf of amicus curiae National Association of Independent Insurers (Sterns & Weinroth, attorneys).
Wilson M. Brown, III, and John F. Schultz, Philadelphia, PA, submitted a brief on behalf of amici curiae Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, American Motorists Insurance Company and American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company (Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Princeton, attorneys).
Robert D. Chesler, Roseland, submitted a brief on behalf of amicus curiae Marisol, Incorporated (Lowenstein, Sandler, Kohl, Fisher & Boylan, attorneys).
Wendy L. Mager, Princeton, submitted a brief on behalf of amicus curiae Insurance Environmental Litigation Association (Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher & Brennan, attorneys).
Steven Jakubowski, Colonia, submitted a letter brief on behalf of amicus curiae Federal Insurance Company.
Charles W. Miller, III, Somerville, submitted a brief on behalf of amicus curiae The Travelers Indemnity Company (Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, attorneys).
Supreme Court of New Jersey.
The opinion of the Court was delivered by STEIN, J.
This appeal involves the availability and allocation of insurance coverage for costs incurred at an environmental cleanup site in Monmouth County. Specifically, it requires us to determine how the responsibility of an excess insurer is measured in the context of environmental damage with a continuous trigger of liability over many years. Also presented are the issues whether an insurer bears the burden of proving...
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