Ga. High Court Steps Up Pressure On Insurers To Defend

Law360, New York (June 22, 2012, 8:03 PM ET) -- Insurance companies that deny a claim outright cannot reserve the right to later raise new coverage defenses, the Georgia Supreme Court recently held in a dispute over a serious on-the-job injury — a ruling attorneys say could prod more insurers into initially defending policyholders.

The high court handed down the ruling June 18 in a coverage dispute over a $16.4 million award to James Hoover, a man who sustained a serious brain injury while working for Emergency Water Extraction Services LLC, which held a commercial liability...
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