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On February 7, 2020, the Second Circuit issued a decision in Lepore v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., Case No. 19‐778‐cv, holding that a CGL policy exclusion for any suit alleging “an infringement or violation of any intellectual property right” was triggered even though the underlying complaint did not contain a direct IP-infringement claim. The Second Circuit affirmed the trial court’s decision granting summary judgment to the insurer, explaining:

Plaintiffs argue that because no violation of IP rights was asserted in the NL suit, the IP exclusion must be read narrowly, and ...

On May 29, 2019, Justice Crane of the New York County Supreme Court issued a decision in Continental Cas. Co. v KB Ins. Co., Ltd., 2019 NY Slip Op 31513(U), holding that an exclusion for “Knowing Acts” did not excuse a CGL carrier’s duty to defend Lanham Act claims against the insured. In the underlying litigation, the insured, Value Wholesale, Inc. (Value), was sued by the patent holder for FreeStyle blood glucose test strips for allegedly selling imported test strips not authorized for sale in the United States and selling them in FreeStyle product boxes. The action asserted ...

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