No. 98-C-0942.

730 So.2d 432 (1999)

Craig DUCOTE, et al. v. KOCH PIPELINE CO., L.P., et al.

Supreme Court of Louisiana.

Order Granting Rehearing in Part and Modifying Opinion February 26, 1999.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John A. Bivins, Lafayette, for Applicant.

James Eugene Mixon, James L. Pate, LaBorde & Neuner, Lafayette, Darrel Dee Ryland, Marksville, Russel L. Potter, Andrew Parker Texada, Stafford, Stewart & Potter, Alexandria, Joseph Blaise Treuting, Marksville, Daniel James Caruso, Douglas Watson Redfearn, New Orleans, Jerry Ryals Humble, Jonesville, for Respondent.

Ralph Shelton Hubbard, III, New Orleans, Laura A. Foggan, Washington, DC, Daniel E. Troy, Kevin Lyskowski, for Amicus Curiae Insurance Environment Litigation.

Harry Alston Johnson, III, Shreveport, Richard Nelson Dicharry, New Orleans, for Amicus Curiae Certain London Market Ins. and Certain Underwriters of Lloyd.

William Thomas D'Zurillan, James Louis Weiss, New Orleans, Kelly J. Kirkland, Jack O'Neill, Byron C. Keeling, Houston, TX, for Amicus Curiae American Petroleum Institution.

Francis S. Craig, III, Dominguez Hills, CA, Emile C. Rolfs, III, Luis Arturo Leitzelar, Baton Rouge, for Amicus Curiae Vicksburg Chemical Co. and Cedar Chemical Corp.

Colleen Noel Wertz, Baton Rouge, for Amicus Curiae James H. "Jim" Brown and Louisiana Dept. of Ins.

Philip Edward Downer, III, Robert William Kyle, Timothy Wayne Wilhite, Shreveport, for Amicus Curiae TE Products Pipeline Co.

John A. MacDonald, Amy Bach, for Amicus Curiae United Policyholders.

George Bartlett Hall, Jr., New Orleans, for Amicus Curiae Agricultural Ins. Co. and American Nat. Fire Ins.

James R. Sutterfield, New Orleans, for Amicus Curiae Reliance Nat. Ins. Co.

Frederick Theodore Haas, III, New Orleans, for Amicus Curiae RLI Ins. Co.

Edward P. Lobman, New Orleans, Arthur F. Brandt, Chicago, IL, for Amicus Curiae Westchester Fire Ins. Co.

Marcy V. Massengale, New Orleans, for Amicus Curiae American Petroleum Institute.

TRAYLOR, Justice.*


Gulf Central Pipeline Company (Gulf Central), a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., owns and operates an ammonia transmission line which runs through part of Avoyelles Parish. On May 25, 1995, Gulf Central contracted with Stan Delancy (Delancy), d/b/a Delancy Enterprises, to cut the grass on the right-of-way along the pipeline. In the written contract, Delancy agreed to defend, protect,...


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