Mealey's Insurance - 'Counseling Incident' Involving Former Priest Not Covered, Federal Judge Rules

NEWARK, N.J. - There is no question that a former priest had knowledge of a "counseling incident" at the time an insurance policy began, a New Jersey federal judge ruled May 29, concluding that the policy's "prior acts" provision fails to provide coverage for a parishioner's claims that the priest had an irreconcilable conflict of interest in providing marriage counseling because he was having an affair with the parishioner's wife (Henry Drew and Michael Doerr v. Church Mutual Insurance Co., No. 13-cv-01906 [JLL][MAH], D. N.J.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73562).

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