First Mercury Must Defend Cos. In Workplace Injury Suits

By Kira Lerner (September 24, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT) -- A Connecticut federal judge ruled on Tuesday that First Mercury Insurance Co. owes a duty to defend and indemnify a woodworking company and a steel company in underlying lawsuits over a workplace accident that killed one employee and injured three others, finding that the companies qualify as additional insureds under the policy.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on Tuesday said that First Mercury must defend Shawmut Woodworking and Supply Inc. and Shepard Steel Co. Inc. in state court suits brought by employees of Shepard's subcontractor after a steel web structure collapsed during a project at Yale University in 2010, causing...

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