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A Michigan court ruled that a church insurance policy's "counseling endorsement" provided coverage for a lawsuit brought by a husband and wife against their pastor.

Key point 10-16.7. A liability insurance policy provides a church with a legal defense to lawsuits claiming that the church is responsible for an injury, and it will pay any adverse settlement or judgment up to the limit specified in the policy. Liability insurance policies exclude a number of claims. For example, some policies exclude injuries based on criminal or intentional acts and claims for punitive damages. A church has an obligation to promptly notify its insurer of any potential claim, and to cooperate with the insurer in its investigation of claims.

Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A Michigan court ruled that a church insurance policy's "counseling endorsement" provided coverage for a lawsuit brought by a husband and wife against their pastor and church for injuries they allegedly suffered as a result of the pastor's counseling of the wife, even though the pastor later ...

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  • March 1, 2002

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