Westport Must Cover Hotel's Negligence Suit Defense

Law360, New York (December 10, 2010, 4:05 PM EST) -- A federal judge has ruled that Westport Insurance Corp. has a duty to defend Choice Hotels International Inc. and VN Hotel Group LLC in a pair of lawsuits accusing them of neglecting sanitary conditions to the point that some guests developed Legionnaires' disease while staying at a Quality Suites in Orlando, Fla.

Judge John Antoon II of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Thursday granted partial summary judgment to the hotel owners, ruling that Westport did have a duty to defend...
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