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Northern District Grants O&N Motion Finding that Federal Insurance Company Breached Its Duty to Defend


On February 19, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted O&N’s motion for partial summary judgment holding that Federal Insurance Company breached its duty to defend O&N client Medeanalytics, Inc. Judge Jon Tigar ruled that allegations in an underlying complaint that the insured had made “disparaging statements” about the claimant were sufficient to reveal a potential for coverage under the personal injury coverage for defamation in the Federal policy. The court also rejected Federal’s argument that the “Breach of Contract” exclusion eliminated Federal’s duty to defend.

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