Louisiana Federal Court Holds No Coverage for Oil Spill Based on Insured’s Late Notice and Applicability of the Policy’s Pollution Exclusion

In Jaxon Energy, LLC v. Admiral Insurance Company, No. CV 22-940, 2023 WL 2499135 (E.D. La. Mar. 14, 2023), the United District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, applying New York law, granted summary judgment to Admiral Insurance Company (“Admiral”) upon finding that the insured, Jaxon Energy LLC (“Jaxon”), failed to provide notice within the timeframe required by its policy. The court further held that the pollution exclusion contained in the policy’s Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) removed the claim from coverage.

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