Insurer Doesn't Owe Law Firm Sanctions Defense: 11th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (February 14, 2017, 5:27 PM EST) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that a Lloyd's insurer doesn't have to defend law firm Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs PA against a sanctions motion in an underlying defamation suit, holding that the insurer's policy unambiguously precludes coverage for sanctions.

In an unpublished opinion, a three-judge appellate panel refused to revive Jones Foster's breach-of-contract suit against ProSight-Syndicate 1110, which had issued the firm a professional liability policy.

The panel said that, contrary to the law firm's contentions, the bid for sanctions against two of the firm's shareholders, Steven Rothman and Robert Wilkins, did not seek any...

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