Insurers May Have To Pay More Defense Attys After Fla. Ruling

By Bibeka Shrestha (February 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court recently held that an insurer owed separate counsel to the University of Miami and a summer camp in a personal injury suit targeting both, a precedential decision carriers fear will drastically expand their duty to supply defense attorneys in cases involving multiple policyholders.

Two of three appeals court judges found there was a conflict of interest that prevented a single law firm from representing both the university and swim camp MagiCamp in a lawsuit brought by a couple whose 4-year-old son was hospitalized with extensive injuries after being pulled unresponsive from the bottom of a pool....

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