8th Circ. Ditches $1M Coverage Suit From Murder Victims' Kin

Law360, New York (November 14, 2013, 5:43 PM EST) -- The Eighth Circuit on Thursday reversed a decision finding Secura Supreme Insurance Co. owed $1 million to satisfy judgments against two insured apartment building owners found liable for a double murder, saying the landlords’ tortious conduct fell under a policy exclusion.

A unanimous panel concluded that Secura's policy covering Dennis and Sandra Prenger unambiguously precluded coverage for $4 million in wrongful-death judgments obtained by three survivors of two tenants murdered on their building's premises.

The court determined that the Prengers’ negligence in hiring the murderer as...
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