Tuesday, February 7, 2012

First Circuit holds no coverage for breach of contract damages

In Lopez & Medina Corp. v. Marsh USA, Inc., __ F.3d __, 2012 WL 229856 (1st. Cir.), the First Circuit Court of Appeals held that coverage under a liability policy does not extend to breach of contract damages.

The insured argued that the policy covered breach of contract damages because in it the insurer agreed to pay "all sums which the insured shall become legally obligated to pay as damages."

The court, which was deciding a case on appeal for the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, noted that there was no Puerto Rican case law on point. It based its holding on the unanimous opinions of other jurisdictions as well as insurance treatises.

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