NY High Court Backs Insurer In Priest Sex Abuse Case

Law360, New York (May 7, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT) -- New York’s highest court ruled Tuesday that a Catholic priest’s abuse of a minor over more than five years could not be treated as a single occurrence under insurance policies issued to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, saying the diocese must pay deductibles for each policy it was covered under.

Affirming a lower appellate court decision, the New York Court of Appeals held that under the state’s so-called unfortunate event test, the separate instances of abuse shared too few characteristics to be considered a repeated...
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