Washington State Law Update: Insurance Coverage – by Timothy Mitchell

As part of an ongoing series, Timothy Mitchell, managing partner of Cruser Mitchell’s Seattle office, provides monthly updates on the latest developments in Washington insurance defense law. These updates will contain brief summaries and key quotes from recent cases. Below is an Insurance Coverage update for April and May 2021.

Please contact Tim at (253) 509-1874 or tmitchell@cmlawfirm.com if you would like to discuss these cases in greater detail, or have any questions on any other matters involving Washington state law.

INSURANCE COVERAGE

 

MCNAMARA v. STARSTONE US SERVICES INC. (4/12/21)
[Note: This is a summary of an unpublished opinion, which holds no precedential value]

Court of Appeals (Div. 1) affirmed grant of MSJ denying coverage to airplane damage based on language-specific policy exclusion for mechanical failure and heat from the operation of the airplane engine.

Key Quote: “The terms of an insurance policy must be understood in their plain, ordinary, and popular sense.”