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national union fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh and United States Fire Insurance Co. were collectively hit with a $2 million judgment by a Texas judge on June 18 after refusing to defend and indemnify the Texas Department of Transportation for its losses relating to one subcontractor in several lawsuits. The suits arose from deaths that occurred on Interstate Route 35 near Fort Worth, Texas, in 1998. The insurers argued that the insurance policy of the subcontractor allegedly responsible for the accidents, Dustrol Inc., stated that only it was insured as a contractor. The department contended that it was included on the insurance policy and that it was given a certificate of insurance. Gnade v. National Union Fire, No. C-2001-00430 (Johnson County, Texas, Dist. Ct.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: David Broiles, Fort Worth, Texas; Randy Hill, office of the Texas attorney general, Austin, Texas DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: David A. Furlow, Thompson & Knight, Houston; Scott Whisler, Altoona, Iowa; Harrison H. Yoss, Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, Dallas

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