Insurers seek declaration that they are not responsible to indemnify client in motorcycle death suit

By The Madison County Record | Oct 5, 2016

EAST ST. LOUIS – Two insurance companies seek declaration from the court that they are not responsible to indemnify their client in a lawsuit concerning the death of a man who was killed after being struck by a commercial truck while riding his motorcycle.

EAST ST. LOUIS – Two insurance companies seek declaration from the court that they are not responsible to indemnify their client in a lawsuit concerning the death of a man who was killed after being struck by a commercial truck while riding his motorcycle.

Sentinel Insurance Co. LTD and Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., filed suit against Juneau Associates Inc.; P.C. and Lacey Heineman, individually and as administrator of the estate of Jeffrey W. Pride; and Shane Pride in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District in Illinois, East St. Louis Division.

The defendants claim they were wrongfully brought into a lawsuit filed by Heineman in May concerning the death of Jeffrey W. Pride, who was struck by a commercial truck and killed while riding a motorcycle out of an entrance to an industrial park in Granite City. The entrance in question was allegedly improperly designed by Juneau Associates Inc., which is central to a lawsuit brought by Heineman over the matter of Pride’s death.

However, the plaintiffs claim that under Juneau’s insurance policy they cannot be held responsible to defend or indemnity Juneau due to an exclusion regarding engineering services.

The plaintiffs are seeking an exemption from legal responsibility in Heineman’s lawsuit.

Sentinel Insurance Company LTD and Hartford Casualty Insurance Company are represented by Michael J. Duffy and Abigail E. Rocap of Chicago-based Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District in Illinois, East St. Louis Division case no. 3:16-cv-00793.

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