7th Circ. Frees Liberty From Covering Four Loko Injury Suits

Law360, New York (December 17, 2013, 1:33 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit on Monday excused Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. units from defending the maker of Four Loko against a quartet of suits blaming the caffeinated alcoholic beverage for injury and death, affirming that a liquor liability exclusion applies.

A unanimous panel ruled that the underlying suits did not accuse Phusion Projects Inc. and Phusion Projects LLC of any tortious conduct divorced from the act of furnishing alcohol and so fell squarely within a policy exclusion for lawsuits alleging injury from intoxication.

The panel rejected Phusion's...
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