Interstate Can't Get Quick Win In Priest Abuse Suit

Law360, New York (February 8, 2011, 8:16 PM EST) -- Interstate Fire & Casualty Co. Inc. has failed to win summary judgment in a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix seeking to free the insurer from contributing to settlements with former parishioners who claimed priests sexually abused them.

Judge Neil V. Wake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona ruled Tuesday that neither the diocese nor Interstate, its excess insurer, provided enough information on whether the diocese knew “with substantial certainty” that its actions would lead to future abuse, declining to...
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