Archdiocese Of Hartford Sues Insurer Over Payments In Sex-Abuse Cases

The Hartford Courant

The Hartford Courant

6:07 p.m. EST, November 26, 2012

The Archdiocese of Hartford is suing one of its longtime insurers, claiming the company owes it more than $1 million to offset payments the church has made to plaintiffs in priest sex-abuses cases.

In a federal lawsuit, the archdiocese is claiming that over the past two years Interstate Fire & Casualty Co. Inc. of Chicago failed or refused to make payments to cover four lawsuits settled by the church.

Two of the lawsuits involved abuse allegations against Ivan Ferguson, a Hartford-area priest who died in 2002. The others involved settlements in cases involving charges against former priests Stephen Crowley and Robert Ladamus.

Stewart emphasized that the diocese made the initial settlement payments and that the lawsuit is an attempt to reclaim some of that money.

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