Citizens Off Hook For Uncommon IP Coverage: Judge

Law360, New York (September 1, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge declared Wednesday that Citizens Insurance Co. of America has no duty to indemnify policyholder Uncommon LLC for underlying trademark infringement allegations from furniture and jewelry seller UncommonGoods LLC.

Citizens sued Uncommon in December, seeking to avoid coverage for the trademark battle, saying that its relevant business owners and commercial umbrella policies contained intellectual property exclusions. The underlying fight dates back to 2009, when Uncommon and related entity SG Ventures LLC, an Illinois-based seller of custom-designed covers for iPhones and other portable devices,...
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