NU Online News Service, Dec. 3, 1:33 p.m. EST

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, a Chartis company, was not successful in getting a federal judge in Florida to say the insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify a drywall contractor.

The contractor, F. Vicino Drywall Inc., is named as a defendant in 17 lawsuits related to allegedly defective Chinese drywall and recently filed a motion to dismiss a motion by National Union for summary judgment on the basis that policy exclusions clear the company from having to defend or indemnify National Union.

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