Four Loko Maker Lobbies 7th Circ. In Feud With Insurers
By Lance Duroni
Law360, Chicago (September 23, 2013, 4:30 PM ET) -- The maker of Four Loko, a caffeinated alcoholic beverage, pressed the Seventh Circuit Monday to reverse a decision freeing Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. units from defending it in four lawsuits blaming the controversial drink for injury and death, arguing the insurers can’t hide behind a liquor liability exclusion.
During oral arguments in Chicago, Phusion Projects Inc. said the lower court interpreted the clause too broadly when it excused the insurers — Netherlands Insurance Co. and Indiana Insurance Co. — from covering four of five underlying suits...