Winning Insurers Gain Clarity On Defense Duty During Appeals

Law360, New York (February 13, 2013, 9:39 PM EST) -- Tackling an issue of first impression, a California federal judge recently held that an insurer had not violated its contract when it stopped defending a policyholder based on a trial court coverage victory that was later overturned, shedding light on a murky area of insurance law nationwide and shielding carriers from some costly consequences, attorneys say.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup dealt Seagate Technology Inc. a $20 million blow when it sided with National Union Fire Insurance Co. in a fight that arose after the insurer...
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