Mealey's Insurance - Court Did Not Abuse Its Discretion In Declining Jurisdiction, 3rd Circuit Rules

Mealey's Insurance - Court Did Not Abuse Its Discretion In Declining Jurisdiction, 3rd Circuit Rules

PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 29 found that a lower federal court did not abuse its discretion by declining to exercise jurisdiction of a coverage dispute over an underlying $4,251,516 legal malpractice judgment against an attorney insured because the insured's assignee raised state law issues that are "peculiarly within the purview of the Pennsylvania court system" and "are better decided by that system" (Rox-Ann Reifer, assignee of Donald Russo v. Westport Insurance Corp., No. 13-2880, 3rd Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 8014).

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