Liability Policy Covers Defamation Claims, 10th Circ. Finds

Law360, New York (January 22, 2014, 5:39 PM EST) -- The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday forced American National Property & Casualty Co. to cover half of the defense costs in a defamation lawsuit against a surgeon, concluding that a commercial general liability policy covered some intentional torts, while also overruling its prior holding on when prejudgment interest is allowed.

The Tenth Circuit held that a provision in Cardiovascular Surgical Specialists Corp.'s policy with American National covering injuries from defamation was broad enough to require the insurer to defend CSSC surgeon George Cohlmia against claims that he...
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