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Sudden And Accidental

"Sudden and Accidental"


"Sudden and Accidental" — an exception to the 1973 comprehensive general liability (CGL) pollution exclusion preserved coverage with respect to pollution incidents that were "sudden and accidental." Prolonged litigation tested whether the term sudden meant merely unexpected, as some dictionary definitions specify, or whether the term necessarily has a temporal element—referring to a brief time period, or being synonymous with all at once. A majority of courts eventually adopted the latter view.

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