5th Circ. Rejects Firm's Bid To Choose Malpractice Counsel

Law360, Chicago (October 16, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Monday rejected Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee PC's argument that it had the right to choose independent counsel to defend a malpractice suit after its insurer, Navigators Group Inc., allegedly implied it was tying coverage to the outcome of that litigation.

In a two-page opinion, an Fifth Circuit panel affirmed a November ruling by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater in Texas that granted Navigators summary judgment in the suit Coats Rose launched seeking a declaration that the insurer had a...
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