State Farm Shirked Duty, Photo Licensor Tells 9th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (December 8, 2011, 10:31 PM EST) -- An attorney for Tom Kelley Studios Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to reverse the dismissal of the photo licensor's suit claiming State Farm General Insurance Co. wrongfully refused to cover its defense in a trade dress suit over wine bottles featuring Marilyn Monroe’s photograph.

TKS attorney Surjit P. Soni, whose client owns and licenses the rights to iconic photos of the late actress, told an appellate panel Thursday that the company’s policy with State Farm obligated the insurer to cover its defense costs after...
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