4th Circ. Lets Hartford Off Hook In Trademark Row

Law360, New York (February 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EST) -- The Fourth Circuit upheld a decision Friday that Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. had no duty to defend a furniture-maker representative against another company's intellectual property and unfair competition claims concerning trademark rights under a business transfer agreement.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed that an intellectual property rights exclusion in the policy between Hartford and Marvin J. Perry Inc. freed the insurer from providing coverage.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland had granted summary judgment...
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