Court rejects Zillow’s insurance claim for legal expenses in VHT case

By April 19, 2017 Inman No Comments

Looks like Zillow will have to cover its own legal expenses — including an $8.3 million verdict if it sticks — for infringing real estate photography company VHT’s copyrights.

On Thursday, a federal court ruled that Zillow’s insurance carrier — National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. — did not have to defend or indemnify Zillow in its litigation with VHT because Zillow did not report the underlying claim on time.

National Union filed a lawsuit in September 2016 to avoid paying Zillow’s legal expenses related to the VHT case and Zillow filed a counterclaim. The court...

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