Berkshire Unit's Defenses Survive In $20M Ford Insurance Suit

Law360, New York (September 16, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT) -- A jury must decide if a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unit's relationship with a troubled German insurer renders it immune from liability for its alleged obstruction of $20 million in insurance payouts for product liability claims against Ford Motor Co., a Virginia federal judge ruled Friday.

Ford failed to win summary judgment on National Indemnity Co.’s so-called agency defense, which says the insurer can’t be held liable for directing the financially strapped German insurer HDI-Gerling to deny $20 million worth of claims under policies issued to Ford....
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