Forge Must Foot Defense Bill In EEOC Case: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (June 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that Forge Industrial Staffing Inc. can’t obtain coverage for counsel selected without the approval of its insurer, National Casualty Corp., to defend discrimination claims before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that concerns that Forge had about a possible conflict of interest involved in obtaining insurer-appointed counsel did not meet standards under Illinois law for a legitimate conflict, which would allow for coverage of independently chosen defense.

The appeals court...
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