Hartford Off Hook In Coverage Row Over Actress' IP Suit

Law360, New York (August 23, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court ruled Tuesday that intellectual property exclusions in insurance policies extended to so-called right of publicity lawsuits, deciding that Hartford Insurance Co. did not have to cover an action an aggrieved actress brought against a policyholder.

“The right of publicity is an intellectual property right,” the three-judge panel said.

Gadget company Aroa Marketing Inc. had argued that a Hartford commercial general liability policy should have covered a suit brought by an actress who claimed the company had used her image without paying her....
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