Insurers Must Cover Hyundai For Patent Suit: 9th Circ.

By Ryan Davis (April 6, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT) -- Reversing a lower court decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that Hyundai Motor America is entitled to defense coverage by National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., in a patent infringement suit over an advertising method that ended with a $34 million verdict against the automaker.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that Judge James Selna of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California erred when he granted summary judgment to National Union and and American Home Assurance Co. on the grounds that patent infringement does not constitute "advertising injury" for...

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