HP Must Reimburse Insurer For $11M In Defense Costs

Law360, New York (December 16, 2010, 5:38 PM EST) -- A federal judge has ordered Hewlett-Packard Co. to return $11 million Ace Property and Casualty Insurance Co. shelled out to defend the company against antitrust counterclaims in a patent infringement suit, following an appeals court ruling that Ace had no duty to defend HP.

Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday ruled that the funds Ace paid out to HP were for defense costs and therefore that the insurer had a right to reimbursement under California law....
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