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Appellate Court Affirmed That Insurer Owed No Coverage For Damages Arising From Homeowner’s Murder Of Wife

December 20, 2012

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of an insurer in declaratory judgment action. The insured had been convicted of murdering his wife and had been sued in a subsequent wrongful death action by his wife’s parents. The Court of Appeals held that the intentional/criminal acts exclusion contained in a homeowner’s policy precluded coverage. Accordingly, the Court held that the insurer had no obligation to defend or indemnify the insured in the underlying wrongful death. This case was defended by Fred Valz.

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