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2004 News Releases

News Release #076

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

 

NEWS RELEASE # 076

 

FROM: CLERK OF THE SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA


The Opinion handed down on the 1st day of October, 2004 , is as follows:



BY JOHNSON, J. :

 

2003-C -2103       VIRGINIA GAIL EDWARDS, AS NATURAL TUTRIX, ET AL.

v. EDWARD M. DAUGHERTY, JR., SPHERE DRAKE INS. CO., ET AL. (Parish of Calcasieu)

CONSOLIDATED WITH:

2003-C -2104       VIRGINIA GAIL EDWARDS, AS NATURAL TUTRIX, ET AL

v. EDWARD M. DOUGHERTY, JR., SPHERE DRAKE INS. CO., ET AL. (Parish of Calcasieu)

For the reason detailed herein, we reverse the lower courts' determination that the insurer may deduct legal fees from the policy limits incurred on its own behalf. In all other aspects, the court of appeal's ruling is affirmed. We remand this matter to the trial court to calculate the remainder of the policy limits, after the deduction of defense costs incurred on behalf of the insured only, and the calculation of interest on the entire judgment from the date of judicial demand.

REVERSED IN PART; AFFIRMED IN PART; REMANDED.

CALOGERO, C.J., concurs and assigns reasons.

VICTORY, J., concurs.

 
 

 

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