Federal Judge Claims AIG Must Defend Bill Cosby

 Monday, November 14, 2016

 Insurance Business Magazine

A US federal judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, asserted that Bill Cosby’s insurer must help defend him against three civil defamation lawsuits. The suits were brought by several women who accused Cosby of sexual abuse. Judge Mark Mastroianni did not specify whether American International Group must indemnify the former entertainer for damages he may be required to settle with the plaintiffs. He did, however, say that Cosby’s purported sexual misconduct was “too far removed” from his alleged defamation to free the insurer from indemnifying him under a policy it had issued in California. It was also noted that the sexual misconduct exclusions in a Massachusetts policy were “ambiguous” at a minimum.