CVN will provide a live webcast of Gillette v. OneBeacon Insurance, an insurance liability case involving environmental remediation costs and defense costs associated with groundwater contamination resulting from the release of solvents at a former Gillette manufacturing facility in Santa Monica, California.
The trial will be heard in Boston, before Hon. Judge Christine Roach. The defendants, OneBeacon Insurance, SPARTA Insurance, and Northern Assurance, like Gillette, are all headquartered in Massachusetts. The plaintiff claims coverage under primary comprehensive general liability, umbrella, and excess liability policies.
In the underlying claim, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (CRWQCB) and the City of Santa Monica alleged that a PaperMate ball point pen factory located at 1681 26th St., in Santa Monica, released solvents during cleaning and degreasing operations that contaminated the Olympic Well Field, which is used as a source of drinking water by the City of Santa Monica.
In its complaint, Gillette claims to have submitted more than $14.5M in covered but unpaid defense, investigation, and indemnification costs, with additional costs anticipated.