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Today the Virginia Supreme Court, in answering a certified question from the federal Fourth Circuit, held unanimously that a homeowners’ insurance policy did not provide coverage for a loss caused by Chinese-made drywall. In TravCo Insurance Company v. Ward, Record No. 120347, slip op. (Va. Nov. 1, 2012), the court was asked to interpret exclusions for loss caused by: (1) latent defect; (2) faulty, inadequate, or defective materials; (3) rust or other corrosion; and (4) pollutants, defined to include any gaseous irritant or contaminant. The court held that “each of the four exclusions is unambiguous and reasonable in its form, scope and application and excludes damage resulting from the Chinese drywall from coverage.” Id. at 4. Here are a few quotes from the opinion:
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