Insurer Must Defend La. Parish In Katrina Suits: 5th Circ.

Law360, Chicago (December 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EST) -- The Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a decision requiring Lexington Insurance Co. to defend a Louisiana parish against dozens of property owners who sued over the demolition of their houses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina but also found that a lower court erred in forcing the insurer to cover the parish for potential damages.

In an unpublished opinion, the appeals court found that St. Bernard Parish’s razing of the properties amounted to personal and advertising injury “occurrences” under the subject policies, triggering the insurer’s duty...
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