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Archdiocese of Hartford takes insurance dispute to trial

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The Archdiocese of Hartford is taking a dispute with its insurance company to trial on Friday in New Haven.

The archdiocese is seeking more than $1 million in payments in order to settle sexual abuse cases involving priests and minors.

It said its insurance company, Interstate Fire and Casualty, breached its contract and is refusing to reimburse payments made in four abuse cases. 

According to the lawsuit, the archdiocese sued the insurer in 2012. It claimed unfair trade practices because they offended public policy and were immoral. The company is one of several that have refused to pay due to similar allegations.

The company had reimbursed the archdiocese in the past, but stopped.

The archdiocese argued it did not know about the abuse cases.

The four cases at the center of the lawsuit involve claims of misconduct from the 1970s and 1980s. Two of those cases involved sexual abuse claims against Fr. Ivan Ferguson, who died in 2002 after working at several schools and tending to the sick at Hartford Hospital.

In 2005, the archdiocese agreed to pay $22 million to 43 people who said they were sexually abused by priests, including Ferguson.

This lawsuit, however, pertains to just more than $1 million of those payments.

A judge in New Haven Federal Court will begin hearing arguments.

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