Landlord Owed Defense In Bias Row, Ohio High Court Says

Law360, Los Angeles (August 18, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT) -- Auto-Owners Insurance Co. had a duty to defend a landlord in a housing discrimination suit under an umbrella policy, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed Tuesday, holding that the policy's intentional acts exclusion doesn't apply to bar coverage.

In a 5-2 decision, the state high court said that the so-called inferred intent doctrine doesn't apply to preclude coverage for landlord Steve Granger under the exclusion. Granger sought coverage for a prospective tenant's claim for emotional distress damages stemming from the landlord's alleged discrimination.

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