This decision essentially affirms an earlier ruling against the insurer, which held that the state knew about hazardous conditions, injuries and deaths related to a vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana, since 1942. (Credit: Tunatura/Shutterstock.com) This decision essentially affirms an earlier ruling against the insurer, which held that the state knew about hazardous conditions, injuries and deaths related to a vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana, since 1942. (Credit: Tunatura/Shutterstock.com)

An insurer must pay an asbestos claim and assorted costs to the state of Montana as part of a comprehensive general liability policy that the company issued for the years 1973-1975, the Montana Supreme Court ruled.

Affirming a lower court’s judgment, this decision essentially affirms a ruling from March 2018, against the insurer, a Berkshire Hathaway unit. The court held that the state knew about hazardous conditions, injuries and deaths related to a vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana, since 1942.

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