Partner Not A Third Party Under Policy, Wash. Supremes Say

Law360, Chicago (November 27, 2013, 7:57 PM EST) -- The Washington Supreme Court upheld a decision denying insurance coverage to a welder for injuries he suffered while working as an independent contractor for Northland Services Inc., rejecting Wednesday the welder’s position that he qualifies as a third party under a policy issued to his general partnership.

In a 31-page opinion, the state’s high court — which reviewed the case en banc — affirmed a lower court’s summary judgment decision in favor of International Marine Underwriters and against Albert Boogard, the welder whose partnership had taken...
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