Court ruling due in fatal nursing home fire case - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Court ruling due in fatal nursing home fire case


The Connecticut Supreme Court will decide how much money victims' families could get in their lawsuits over a 2003 nursing home fire in Hartford that killed 16 patients.

The court is expected to release a divided opinion Monday on the potential liability of Boston-based Lexington Insurance Co., a subsidiary of American International Group Inc.

Lexington was the insurer for the Greenwood Health Center, where a psychiatric patient started the fire with a lighter.

A Superior Court judge ruled in 2009 that Lexington was liable for up to $500,000 per victim under the terms of the insurance policy, if the victim's family won their lawsuit.

Lexington's lawyers argue in an appeal that the company should only be liable for a total of $250,000 for all the victims' families to share.

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