9th Circ. Revives Pesticide Co.'s Bid For TM Suit Coverage

By Jeff Sistrunk (August 1, 2017, 8:42 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday held that a trio of insurance companies must cover a pesticide company's costs to defend a lawsuit over its alleged use of a business partner's trademark, while directing a lower court to hold a trial on whether the insurers must cover the company's settlement of the underlying litigation.

In a brief memorandum opinion, a panel of the appellate court reversed an Oregon federal judge's rulings that Willowood USA LLC's insurers — Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Co., Colony Insurance Co. and Allied World Assurance Co. — had no duty to defend the company in the trademark...

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