Pa. Insurer's Defamation Claims Survive In Credit Rating Row

Law360, New York (March 1, 2013, 5:26 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss defamation and commercial disparagement claims that Regis Insurance Co. leveled against credit rating agency A.M. Best Co. Inc. for downgrading Regis after learning of its parent company's insolvency and past litigation.

U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker partially sided with property and casualty insurer Regis, saying A.M. Best made public statements that were capable of defamatory meaning when it announced that it was downgrading Regis from a B+ rating to a B-, essentially from very good to...
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