State Farm Can't Recover Hazing Injury Settlement Payment

Law360, Los Angeles (January 25, 2017, 7:32 PM EST) -- An insurer for the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity doesn't have to pick up the tab for State Farm Fire and Casualty Co.'s costs to settle litigation against an alumnus who hosted hazing rituals that resulted in serious injuries to a pledge, a South Carolina federal judge ruled Wednesday, holding that a hazing exclusion clearly bars coverage for the incident.

State Farm had issued a homeowners policy to Maurice Robinson, who was a vice president of a local Phi Beta Sigma alumni chapter in Florence, South Carolina. Robinson was accused of hosting and taking part in hazing activities that left a pledge...

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