Wis. Archdiocese's Insurer Off Hook In Abuse Suits

Law360, New York (November 24, 2010, 6:37 PM EST) -- A Wisconsin appeals court has affirmed that OneBeacon Insurance Co. is not responsible for defending the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against 13 suits alleging it allowed priests accused of sexual abuse to have contact with children in parishes and schools.

The allegations of negligence against the archdiocese cannot be considered covered occurrences under its OneBeacon insurance policy because they do not qualify as accidental, Wisconsin's Court of Appeals, District I, affirmed Tuesday.

“The archdiocese's awareness of its priests' histories of molestation and its nondisclosure to the plaintiffs...
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