Hanover Ducks Coverage For Urban Outfitters IP Suit

Law360, New York (August 20, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania judge on Monday ruled that Hanover Insurance Co. has no duty to indemnify or defend Urban Outfitters Inc. in a copyright infringement suit mounted by the Navajo Nation American Indian tribe, saying the contested marketing pre-dates the policy at issue.

U.S. District Judge Thomas O’Neill determined that the Philadelphia-based retailer's contested use of “Navajo” and other related marks in products purportedly began around March 2009, more than a year before the relevant general liability policy came into effect.

“The insurance policies stated that coverage...
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