Insurer Has Duty To Defend Employment Practices Dispute, 9th Circuit Says, Reverses

Mealey's (August 1, 2016, 8:58 AM EDT) -- PASADENA, Calif. — In reversing a lower federal court’s no coverage ruling, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found July 27 that a commercial general liability insurer has a duty to defend its insured against an underlying lawsuit because the insured may not have acted with the requisite intent to trigger the policy’s “intentional acts” exclusion (Steven J. Berns v. Sentry Select Insurance Co., No. 14-55996, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13684).

(Opinion available. Document #13-160804-022Z.)

Steven J. Berns is the president and sole...
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