Insurer Must Cover Trucking Co. In Crash Suit, Judge Says

By Vin Gurrieri (July 10, 2017, 6:19 PM EDT) -- A Missouri federal judge ruled Monday that an insurer must defend a trucking company in an underlying lawsuit by the wife of a trucker who died in a crash while on duty, saying the insurer can't invoke an exclusion in the policy for bodily injury to employees since the company's drivers qualify as independent contractors.

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber ruled that Spirit Commercial Auto Risk Retention Group Inc. must defend and indemnify Kailey Truck Line and owner Mike Kailey in a suit by the wife of deceased driver Gurpreet Kailey under an auto liability insurance policy that excludes coverage...

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