Insurer Must Back PR Co. In Coach Defamation Row: Judge

Law360, New York (October 11, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge ruled Thursday that an insurer must defend a public relations company in a suit brought by a former college football coach who alleges the company and ESPN Inc. defamed him by claiming he mistreated an ESPN analyst's son.

U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn said Hartford Lloyds Insurance Co., an affiliate of The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., has a duty to defend Spaeth Communications Inc. in the underlying suit. She also denied Hartford's bid to avoid indemnifying Spaeth, though it can...
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