LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on Sept. 16 affirmed a lower court's ruling that an insurance policy's "assault and battery" exclusion precludes coverage for an underlying negligence claim that resulted in a $10 million stipulated judgment against its insured (Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Corp. v. Oxnard Hospitality Enterprise, Inc. et al.), No. B244569, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 3; 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 735).