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Court Grants Summary Judgment for Pretzel Client Over No Duty to Defend or Indemnify


Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys, Rich Burgland, Robert Chemers, and Paula Villela, obtained a summary judgment for their insurer client that it had no duty to defend or indemnify the insured for various motions for sanctions and attorneys’ fees and the resultant judgment against the insured for more than $1.1 million in fees, costs and expenses.

The Court recognized that there is no duty to defend a motion for sanctions filed against the insured, who was a party in several related underlying actions, and since there is no duty to defend, there is no obligation on the insurer to pay any part of the $1.1 million judgment entered against the insured.

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January 2020