Harvard flubbed insurance deadline, cannot access $15M policy, judge rules
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Harvard University will not be able to tap into a $15 million insurance policy to cover legal expenses after failing to alert its insurer in a timely manner of the lawsuit over its race-conscious admissions program, a federal judge in Boston ruled Wednesday.
The admissions case questioning the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Ivy League school’s affirmative action policy brought by Students for Fair Admissions in 2014 was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 31.
Harvard has disclosed in earlier court filings that its legal bills hit more than $27 million to defend the lawsuit, as well as the still-pending 2017 Department of Justice probe into the admission policies, Bloomberg Law reports.
The Zurich policy required that Harvard should have given notice of the lawsuit by Jan. 30, 2016. However, Harvard first informed Zurich of the suit May 23, 2017.
That’s “well past the deadline” to receive coverage, Burroughs wrote. “An unambiguous insurance policy must be applied as written.”
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