Calif. Stores Not Owed Defense Of Fraud Suit, 9th Circ. Says

Law360 (April 15, 2021, 6:43 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit affirmed Thursday that a California law barring insurance for unfair competition actions relieved a Starr Insurance Cos. unit from having to defend the operator of the Curacao retail chain against the state's claims that it engaged in predatory business tactics, spurning the retailer's argument that the law is unconstitutional.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the appellate court left intact a California federal court's ruling that Starr Indemnity and Liability Co. does not have to defend Curacao operator Adir International LLC and its CEO, Ron Azarkman, in the underlying action filed in 2017 by then-California Attorney General Xavier Becerra....

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