PFAS-related insurance liability dispute sent back to state court

An Ohio state court must decide whether Admiral Insurance Co. has to provide coverage to a company whose clothing products allegedly caused cancer in firefighters and their spouses, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Medina, Ohio-based Fire-Dex LLC, which is facing an array of lawsuits over the firefighter clothing it manufactures, asked Admiral to defend or indemnify it, according to Tuesday’s ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati in Admiral Insurance Co. v. Fire-Dex LLC.

The ruling noted that the case is a “small part of a developing national story,” with plaintiffs charging that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, which are used in manufacturing firefighting products, are linked to certain kinds of cancer.