Insurer Sues Hotels Facing Legionnaires' Claims

Law360, New York (February 8, 2010, 5:18 PM EST) -- Westport Insurance Corp. has filed a lawsuit claiming it is not required to defend or indemnify Choice Hotels International Inc. and VN Hotel Group LLC, which are accused in two lawsuits of neglecting sanitary conditions to the point that some guests caught Legionnaires' disease — one fatally — while staying at a Quality Suites in Orlando, Fla.

The Kansas-based insurer's suit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, cites policy exclusions for bodily injury due to bacteria.

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