AFL coach sues leading insurer

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AFL coach sues leading insurer
Former Essendon coach James Hird coach is suing Chubb Insurance for failing to pay legal costs relating to a drug scandal.

Hird believes that Chubb Insurance should pay over $600,000 in legal costs relating to court cases surrounding the supplement saga that has dogged the club, according to AFL.com.au.

Hird is suing Chubb for breaching its insurance contract with Essendon but the insurer believes it is not liable in the case.

“The Policy did not afford cover for any costs of Hird pursuing legal proceedings as a claimant; and Hird's trial costs and Hird's appeal costs were not reasonably incurred," the insurer wrote in court documents, according to The Age.

Hird’s lawyer, Steven Amendola, argued that the court and appeal costs incurred by Hird fall under the insurers remit.

“It was reasonable for Hird to undertake the application and the appeal," Amendola stated.

A directions hearing will is set for August 21.
3 Comments
  • Robert Cooper 2015-08-05 12:00:18 AM
    He should have discussed with his Insurance Broker if he could do this. D&O has never been about pursuing another party, it is about defending allegations made against you for a wrongful act. Maybe this is where the confusion lies, he feels he has the right to defend his name.
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  • Gary 2015-08-05 12:13:52 AM
    Is he using his money this time or Chubb's
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  • The West Australian Perspective 2015-08-05 4:19:58 AM
    Me thinks that James continues to protest too much about all the wrongdoing that has befallen him, no wonder he is confused!!!!
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