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7th Circuit backs denial of coverage in Knockoff trailer case

By Bonnie Eslinger (January 31, 2022, 9:49 PM EST) — The Seventh Circuit on Monday backed a ruling that a trailer manufacturer’s insurer has no obligation to defend the insured against allegations that it allegedly ripped off another company’s design since its coverage was for advertising claims, including trade dress infringement, which the rival did not allege.

The trial court was correct in granting the Westchester Fire Insurance Company’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by its insured, the Aluminum Trailer Company, the three-judge panel said.

In 2016, ATC purchased a commercial liability insurance policy from the Westchester Fire Insurance Company that provided $1 million in coverage against liability incurred due to “advertising…

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