Diamond Shamrock Chemicals Co. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co.

Decision Date04 June 1992
Docket NumberNo. 2,2
Citation609 A.2d 440,258 N.J.Super. 167
Parties, 60 USLW 2657 DIAMOND SHAMROCK CHEMICALS COMPANY, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. The AETNA CASUALTY & SURETY COMPANY; The London Market Insurers: Accident and Casualty Company of Winterthur; Alba General Insurance Company Ltd.; Allianz International Insurance Company Ltd.; Andrew Weir Insurance Company Ltd.; Anglo-French Insurance Company Ltd.; Argonaut Northwest Insurance Company Ltd.; Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.K. Branch); Aviation and General Insurance Company Ltd.; Bermuda Fire & Marine Insurance Company Ltd.; Bishopsgate Insurance Limited; British Aviation Insurance Company Ltd.; British National Insurance Ltd.; British National Insurance Company Ltd. as successor to North Atlantic Insurance Company Ltd.; Brittany Insurance Company Ltd.; Bryanston Insurance Company; Camomile Underwriting Agencies Ltd. on behalf of Compagnie D'Assurances Maritimes Ariennes Et Terrestres; City General Insurance Company Ltd.; CNA Reinsurance of London Ltd.; Compagnie Europeene D'Assurances Industrielles S.A.; Companhia De Seguros Imperio; Compania Agricola De Seguros, S.A.; Dart Insurance Company Ltd.; The Dominion Insurance Company Ltd.; Dominion Insurance Company Ltd. on behalf of the Anglo-Saxon Insurance Association Ltd.; Dominion Insurance Company Ltd. on behalf of the British Merchants Insurance Company Ltd.; Dominion Insurance Company Ltd. on behalf of London and Edinburgh Insurance Company Ltd.; Dominion Insurance Co. Ltd. on behalf of the Royal Scottish Insurance Co.; Dominion Insurance Company Ltd. on behalf of the Trent Insurance Company Ltd.; Dominion Insurance Company Ltd. on behalf of the Vanguard Insurance Co. Ltd.; Dominion Insurance Company Ltd. on behalf of the World Marine and General Insurance Corporation; Drake Insurance Company Ltd.; Economic Insurance Company Ltd.; The Edinburgh Assurance Co. Number 2 Account; El Paso Insurance Company Ltd.; English and American Insurance Company Ltd.; Excess Insurance Company Ltd.; Fidelidade Grupo Segurador; Folksam Intern
CourtNew Jersey Superior Court — Appellate Division

Michael P. Tierney, New York City, for plaintiff-appellant (Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch, attorneys; James C. Pitney and Dennis R. LaFiura, Morristown on the brief; Cahill Gordon & Reindel (Raymond L. Falls, Jr., Leonard A. Spivak, Michael P. Tierney, Thorn Rosenthal and Peter F. Lake, New York City) of counsel).

Allan B. Taylor, Hartford, Conn., for defendants-respondents, cross-appellants, The Aetna Cas. and Sur. Co. (Connell, Foley & Geiser Roseland, and Day, Berry & Howard, Hartford, Conn., attorneys; John B. LaVecchia, Roseland, of CF & G and Allan B. Taylor, Thomas J. Groark, Jr., Scott P. Moser, Ruth A. Kurien, Hartford, Conn., of DB & H on the joint brief).

Robert J. Bates, Jr., Chicago, Ill., for defendants-respondents, cross-appellants, American Re-Insurance Co. and American Excess Ins Co. (Phelan, Pope & John, Ltd., Chicago, Ill., and Budd, Larner, Gross, Picillo, Rosenbaum, Greenberg & Sade, Short Hills, attorneys; Robert J. Bates, Jr. and Maryann C. Hayes, Chicago, Ill., of PP & J and Carl Greenberg, Short Hills, of BLGPRG & S on the joint brief).

Peter I. Sheft, New York City, for defendants-respondents, cross-appellants, London Market Insurers (Sheft & Sweeney, attorneys; Peter I. Sheft, David Holmes and Rosemary A. Juster on the joint brief).

Paul R. Koepff, New York City, for defendants-respondents, cross-appellants, Ins. Co. of North America, Cal. Union Ins. Co., and Pacific Employers Ins. Co., (Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon, New York City, and Ribis, Graham, Verdon & Curtin, Morristown, attorneys; Paul R. Koepff and George A. Pierce, New York City, of MRGA & F and Thomas R. Curtin, Morristown, of RGV & C on the joint brief).

Stephen D. Cuyler, Morristown, for defendants-respondents, cross-appellants, General Reinsurance Co., Gibralter Cas. Ins. Co., North Star Reinsurance Co., Prudential Reinsurance Co., Ranger Ins. Co., Employers Mut. Ins. Co., and American Centennial Ins. Co. (Cuyler, Burk & Matthews, attorneys; Stephen D. Cuyler and Peter Petrou on the joint brief).

Respondent Home Ins. Co. relied on the argument of Stephen D. Cuyler (Morgan, Melhuish, Monaghan, Arvidson, Abrutyn & Lisowski, attorneys; Henry Morgan, Livingston, on the joint brief).

Respondent Commercial Union Ins. Co. relied on the argument of Stephen D. Cuyler (Griffith & Burr, Moorestown, attorneys; James W. Christie, Haddonfield on the joint brief).

Respondent Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. relied on the argument of Stephen D. Cuyler (Kunzman, Coley, Yospin & Berstein, Warren and Gilberg & Kurent, Washington, D.C., attorneys; Steven A. Kunzman, Warren, of KCY & B and K. Thomas Shahriari, Washington, D.C., of G & K on the joint brief).

Respondents Nat. Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., American Internl. Underwriters, American Home Assur. Co., Lexington Ins. Co. and Granite State Ins. Co., relied on the argument of Stephen D. Cuyler (Garrity, Fitzpatrick, Graham, Hawkins & Favetta, attorneys; Antonio D. Favetta, Montclair,...

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