Burned Dancer's $10M Deal Not Covered, Calif. Court Says

Law360, New York (September 17, 2013, 1:33 PM ET) -- A California appellate court on Monday freed Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. from covering a $10 million settlement won by a nightclub dancer set on fire by a patron, saying the incident constituted battery and fell under an exclusion even though the victim and assailant never touched.

The incident fell under an exclusion in Mount Vernon’s policy with nightclub owner Oxnard Hospitality Enterprise Inc. for claims arising from intentional battery, the state’s Second Appellate District ruled, because the exclusion can cut off coverage even in the...
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