|By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press|
The archdiocese filed a federal lawsuit in
"If they are not reimbursed by the insurance carrier, that's money that the archdiocese is not able to devote to other worthy pursuits,"
An insurer spokeswoman,
At issue are four cases the diocese settled between 2010 and earlier this year involving priests accused of the sexual misconduct of minors in the 1970s and 1980s.
The lawsuit contends that the insurer failed to respond to repeated requests by the archdiocese and improperly demanded access to documents covered by attorney-client privileges or personnel files that church officials are not allowed to release.
"The foregoing activities of Interstate constitute unfair trade practices, because they offend public policy and they are immoral, unscrupulous and unethical," the lawsuit states. "Specifically, the activities are an attempt to avoid payment of amounts due, in violation of the terms of Interstate's policies."
The lawsuit claims the insurer took a similar approach with the
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