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Legionella Spread by Fountain Not Covered by Policy

Oct. 9, 2013, 8:42 PM

A contractor’s insurers are not obligated to cover claims of numerous plaintiffs alleging they contracted Legionnaire’s disease from exposure to bacteria in a hospital lobby’s fountain, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed Oct. 8 (Heinecke v. Aurora Healthcare Inc., Wis. App. Ct., No. 2012AP2469).

Creative Business Interiors Inc. installed a decorative fountain in the lobby of Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital in Cudahy, Wis. The hospital filed a third-party complaint against CBI in response to a suit by the plaintiffs alleging contaminated vapor from the fountain caused their illness.

CBI’s insurers, Midwestern Indemnity Co. and Hawkeye-Security Insurance...

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