Rock Gym Not Owed Defense In Sex Assault Suit, Insurer Says

By Jeff Sistrunk (January 30, 2017, 7:43 PM EST) -- Gemini Insurance Co. on Monday urged a Maryland federal judge to rule that it doesn't have to defend the operator of a rock-climbing gym in a lawsuit alleging that it negligently failed to prevent two of its coaches from sexually assaulting a teenage climber.

In a motion for summary judgment, Gemini contended that Earth Treks Inc.'s commercial general liability policy doesn't extend coverage for the underlying suit, which alleges that the company knew that former climbing coaches Michael Lyons and Daniel Montague had a history of sexually inappropriate behavior yet failed to take steps to prevent the pair from molesting a...

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