Insurer Denied Exit From Military Supplier's Recall Suit


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An Ohio federal judge refused Wednesday to award Houston Casualty Co. a quick win in a coverage battle with military food supplier The Wornick Co. over $2.8 million in costs tied to a salmonella-related recall of 700,000 cases of meals ready to eat.

Steven Pudell, an Anderson Kill & Olick PC attorney who represents Wornick, told Law360 on Wednesday he was overall pleased with the ruling.

"The judge recognized that we have a valid claim to coverage under the policy and that our bad faith claim against Houston Casualty will get its day in court," Pudell said. "This is the type of claim that companies like Wornick got insurance for ... Wornick did nothing wrong."

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