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In asbestos and pollution claims litigation with more twists than a Gordian Knot, Mendes helps insurers untangle the legal mess.

BOSTON, MA/ Starting in the mid-1980’s, in courthouses across the U.S., W.R. Grace has had insurers tied up in asbestos and pollution claims litigation. The chemical and construction materials conglomerate—whose pollution problems have been well publicized in the book and movie “A Civil Action”—has spent hundreds of millions of dollars defending and settling these claims.

For over 20 years, Mendes & Mount has represented London Market Insurers in one of the most complex coverage litigations ever over asbestos and pollution claims. We were involved in as many as 10 separate lawsuits in various state and federal courts across the U.S., including the on going Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Grace.

In addition to the extensive litigation, our representation includes analysis of very complex blocks of coverage, negotiations, settlements, as well as processing, monitoring and handling claims under the asbestos coverage agreement.