George W. Huguely V, the ex-University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of murdering his sometime girlfriend in May 2010, was sued by American International Group Inc. over his refusal to cooperate with the insurer’s investigators.
Huguely, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence, declined to be interviewed by investigators for AIG’s Chartis Property Casualty unit seeking to determine whether the company is obligated to defend him in a $30 million wrongful death suit brought by the victim’s family, the company said in a complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Huguely, 25, asked for coverage of his defense under homeowners and personal liability policies held by his family “but is actively depriving Chartis of an opportunity to investigate his claim for coverage,” Chartis lawyers wrote.
Through an attorney, Craig Cooley, Huguely declined a Chartis request to question him under oath on April 3, the insurer’s attorneys said.
“He will not respond to any questions on that date or any future date,” Cooley wrote to Chartis’s lawyers, according to the complaint.
Cooley represents Huguely in a pending appeal of his criminal conviction.
Huguely was found guilty of second degree murder in February 2012 in the beating death of Yeardley Love, 22, a fellow UVA lacrosse player.
The Chartis complaint says that “the Homeowners Policy and the Excess Policy contain coverage exclusions for intended and/or criminal conduct.”
Chartis asked for a judgment freeing it from defending Huguely or paying any damages that may result from the wrongful- death case.
Matthew Green, an attorney representing Huguely in the civil case, declined to comment in an e-mailed message.
Love’s mother, Sharon Love, sued Huguely in April 2012, accusing him of acting negligently and recklessly in causing her daughter’s death. The family also sued state and university officials, alleging that they failed to properly handle a 2009 incident in which Huguely attacked a fellow UVA student.
The insurance case is Chartis Property Casualty Co. v. Huguely, 13-cv-01479, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (Greenbelt).
Editors: Charles Carter, Mary Romano
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