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Chrysler Ins. Co. v. Greenspoint Dodge of Houston, Inc., 08-0780

In an insurance coverage dispute involving liability policies insuring a corporation and its officers where the policies excluded coverage for defamatory statements an insured knew to be false and the insurance company refused coverage on the basis of this exclusion, court of appeals' judgment in favor of the corporation is affirmed in part and reversed in part as, under the policy's known-falsity exclusion, coverage for defamation was excluded for statements made or directed by the insured with knowledge of their falsity, the policy expressly named Greenspoint as the insured, and the arbitration proceeding effectively determined that Greenspoint made the defamatory remarks through its vice-principals, and knew them to be false when made.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/30/2009
  • Published 10/30/2009




  • Supreme Court of Texas


  • For Appellant:
  • J. Stephen Gibson, Lisa Ann Songy, Michael W. Huddleston, Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller, L.L.P., Dallas, Kevin F. Risley, Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P., Houston, for Chrysler Insurance Co., William “Andy” Taylor, Amanda Eileen Staine Peterson, Andy Taylor and Associates, P.C., Houston, for Greenspoint Dodge of Houston, Inc.

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