An insurance company does not have the duty to defend a candy maker in a lawsuit by another candy maker alleging unfair competition and false advertising, the Superior Court has ruled in Sorbee International Limited v. Chubb Custom Insurance.

Initially, Sorbee International Limited, which makes hard candy, sued one of its competitors, Simply Lite Food Corp., in federal court in New York. Simply Lite countersued, and Sorbee asked its insurer, Chubb Custom Insurance, to defend it in the countersuit.

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