The Docket: 150-year-old Shellfish Bites Title Insurer

November 27, 2018

Ron Damashek of the Illinois law firm Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC provided today’s review of a recent ruling by the state of Washington Court of Appeals that held a title insurer had a duty under an owner’s policy to defend the insured owner against a claimed right to harvest shellfish under a treaty signed more than 150 years ago, and lost its ability to deny coverage by failing to honor that duty. Read on to learn why this decision is important to the title industry.

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