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Verizon’s Insurers Owe $24 Million in Debt Deal Legal Costs

Feb. 24, 2021, 7:22 PM

Verizon Communications Inc. won a ruling letting it tap an AIG unit and other insurers for $24 million in defense costs it racked up in litigation over a 2008 debt transaction.

A liability policy meant to protect business dealings between Verizon and once-bankrupt FairPoint Communications contains terms that require the insurers to cover legal expenses in a “fraudulent transfer” lawsuit brought by FairPoint’s trustee, a Delaware state court held Tuesday.

The trustee’s case fits within the insurance policy’s definition of a “securities claim” that’s covered, since the companies’ dealings involved debt securities, Judge Eric M. Davis, of the Delaware Superior ...

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