Calif. Ruling Offers Wide Path To Criminal Defense Coverage

Law360, New York (May 8, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court recently forced Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. to defend a doctor against federal criminal charges, issuing a sweeping ruling that experts say should help policyholders knock down arguments that it is against public policy interests for insurers to pay defense costs in criminal cases. 

The May 1 decision marked a win for Richard Lopez, a doctor battling charges that he schemed to transplant a liver into a different patient than planned. But the precedential ruling could also provide ammunition to other policyholders seeking...
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