Archdiocese sues as insurers balk at paying abuse-settlement claims

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal

Mark Reilly
Managing Editor-
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is suing eight insurance companies that it says are improperly rejecting claims to cover the cost of the church’s settlement with victims of clergy sex abuse.

Church leaders were counting on insurance to help pay victims of sex abuse, the Star Tribune reports, but the companies have told the Archdiocese that the incidents are not “accidents” and aren’t covered.

The insurers named in the suit, filed on Monday in U.S. District Court, are Continental, Firemen’s Fund, National Fire of Hartford, TIG, Continental Casualty, Hartford Accident and Indemnity, American Home Assurance and Aetna Casualty and Surety. They haven’t responded to the lawsuit yet.

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