Thanks to ambiguous and vague policy language, a professional liability carrier will have to cover a law firm partner for malpractice allegedly committed after he left an insured firm, a New Jersey appeals court says.

The judges ruled on May 25 that where a policy limited coverage for a firm’s retired partners but not for partners who still practiced law and handled cases referred by the firm, the policy would be read against the carrier, Zurich Specialties London Limited.

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