A lawyer who is sued for negligence both in his conduct as an attorney and as a partner and trustee of a business is not entitled to coverage from a legal malpractice insurance policy that excludes claims arising out of the lawyer’s activities in businesses other than his legal practice, a federal judge has ruled.

In his 17-page opinion in Coregis Insurance Co. v. LaRocca, U.S. District Judge Lowell A. Reed Jr. found that the language of the two exclusions was “clear and unambiguous,” and that “reasonable persons could not differ on the meaning.”

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