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Insurance Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Carey, Sean


AC45054 - Curley v. Phoenix Ins. Co. (“In this action to recover underinsured motorist benefits, the plaintiff, Diana Curley, appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendering summary judgment for the defendant, The Phoenix Insurance Company. The court concluded that the plaintiff was not an insured within the meaning of the commercial automobile liability insurance policy issued by the defendant to the plaintiff’s employer, the University of Bridgeport (university), because she was not occupying a covered vehicle for purposes of the underinsured motorist coverage endorsement. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly rendered summary judgment for the defendant because (1) the court’s construction of the university’s policy violates General Statutes § 38a-336 (a) (2), (2) the plaintiff is entitled to underinsured motorist benefits pursuant to the policy’s business auto extension endorsement, and (3) denying the plaintiff underinsured motorist benefits would violate public policy. We agree with the plaintiff’s first claim and, therefore, reverse the judgment of the trial court.”)