Insurers Must Defend Joint Venture Brawl, Md. Court Holds

Law360, New York (March 12, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT) -- A Maryland appeals court recently ordered two insurers to cover a lighting manufacturer's defense costs in a lawsuit accusing it of cheating a joint venture partner out of profits, holding that the underlying suit alleged advertising injuries.

The appeals court overturned Maryland Casualty Co. and Northern Insurance Co. of New York's victory before the lower court, holding the insurers must defend Blackstone International Ltd. against RMG Direct Inc.'s lawsuit because RMG accused Blackstone of using its ideas in advertisements.

The commercial general liability policy at issue...
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