Insurer Must Cover $5M Spam Fax Settlement: Mo. Court

Law360, New York (December 5, 2011, 9:07 PM EST) -- A Missouri court on Thursday found Columbia Casualty Co. liable for a $5 million settlement between policyholder HIAR Holding LLC and a class of 10,000 consumers who received spam fax advertising, ruling that the class' alleged injuries were covered by HIAR's insurance policies.

Missouri Circuit Court Judge Mark Seigel ruled that the insurer must cover the entire 2007 judgment, plus interest, bringing the total payment to around $9 million. In May, Judge Seigel ruled that the insurer owed a duty to defend HIAR, which hired another...
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