781 A.2d 1189 (2001)

SUNBEAM CORPORATION, Montey Corporation, Temrac Company, Inc., Sunbeam Products, Inc., Chemetron Investments, Inc., Allegheny International Canada, Ltd., Eliskim, Inc., and Woodshaft, Inc., Corporations, Appellants v. LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, First State Insurance Company, Lexington Insurance Company, and Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Company, Corporations, Appellees.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Decided October 19, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mark A. Grace, Andrew M. Roman, Richard A. Ejzak, Pittsburgh, David F. Binder, Philadelphia, Arthur G. Raynes, Wynnewood, for appellants, Sunbeam Corp. et al.

Michael David Bedrin, Wilkes Barre, Justina M. Wasicek, Harrisburg, for appellant amicus curiae, Dept. of Environmental Protection.

John Alexander MacDonald, Philadelphia, Paul W. Kissinger, Washington, DC, for appellant amicus curiae, United Policyholders.

Kevin J. Bruno, Newark, NJ, for appellant amicus curiae, Safety Light Corp.

Joseph W. Montgomery, Williamsburg, VA, for appellant amicus curiae, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Justin Kellogg Miller, Peter Frank Marvin, Philadelphia, for appellant amicus curiae, Buckley & Co., Inc.

Lee Marc Epstein, Linda J. Karpel, Philadelphia, for appellant amicus curiae, Betzdearborn, Inc.

John Norig Ellison, Timothy Patrick Law, Philadelphia, for appellant amici curiae, Waste Management, et al.

Lawrence A. Demase, Pittsburgh, for appellant amicus curiae, Dravo Corp.

Thomas More Reiter, Valley Forge, Peter J. Kalis, Pittsburgh, for appellant amici curiae, Aluminum Co. of America, Inc., et al.

Thomas Brennan O'Brien, Joseph Barnett Silverstein, Joseph G. Manta, Philadelphia, for appellee, Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.

Larry A. Silverman, Pittsburgh, Michael J. Cohen, Washington, DC, for appellee Pennsylvania Manufacturers Ass'n.

Steven G. Adams, Joseph Gerard Derespino, Philadelphia, for appellee, First State Ins. Co.

Bernard D. Marcus, Pittsburgh, James P. Davenport, Washington, DC, John M. Burkoff, Pittsburgh, for appellee amici curiae, Underwriters At Lloyd's London and London Market Companies.

Michael Scott Olsan, West Lake Village, CA, Laura A. Foggan, Marilyn Kerst, Washington, DC, Guy A. Cellucci, Philadelphia, Sandra Tvarian Stevens, Washington, DC, for appellee amici curiae, Ins. Environmental Litigation Ass'n and the Alliance of American Insurers.

Jay B. Spievack, Stephen L. Ashcher, New York City, Kevin T. Fogerty, Allentown, for appellee amicus curiae, Tp. of Whitehall.



FLAHERTY, Chief Justice.

Appellant manufacturing corporations are insured by appellee insurance companies under comprehensive general liability policies. At issue is the insurers' obligation to indemnify the manufacturers for the costs of cleaning up environmental pollution caused by the manufacturers. The insurance policies cover pollution...

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