First Circuit Weighs-in on Professional Liability and Insurance

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in Centennial Insurance Company v. Patterson that where a federal judge declared that an appellant insurance company was obligated under the terms of a veterinarian’s professional liability policy to defend an appellee veterinarian in a lawsuit in US District Court in Maine, the judge’s ruling should stand, as the complaint in the lawsuit could be construed to state claims against the veterinarian for slander, libel, negligence and malpractice – all claims which were within the scope of the policy and not barred by any exclusion.

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