A claim filed by the state of California in 1993 against seven insurance companies recently was decided in favor of the state. The case, described by a federal court as the most complicated environmental cleanup in the world, involved a toxic waste site referred to as the Stringfellow Acid Pits, located in southern California.

In its decision, the court stated that the insurance companies were liable for the costs of cleanup. The ruling could lead to payouts of $50 million or more by the insurance companies involved. They include CNA, Wausau, Yosemite, Horace Mann (ACE), Continental Insurance, Continental Casualty, and Stonebridge.

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