Lawyer's Malpractice Covers Sanctions Motion: Judge

Law360, New York (January 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has ruled that St. Paul Travelers Insurance Co. had a duty to defend a lawyer to whom it had issued a malpractice policy against a motion for sanctions from his former client even though the policy excluded coverage for some types of sanctions proceedings.

Judge Anita B. Brody of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said that the policy issued by St. Paul did not define the sanctions exclusion, but that the commonly understood definition would exclude from coverage...
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