Blunder renders Harvard’s $15M insurance policy useless in Supreme Court case

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Dive Brief:

  • Harvard University did not properly inform an insurer it had been sued over its race-conscious admissions policies, and therefore forfeited the right to use a $15 million policy to pay for legal expenses, a federal judge ruled this month.
  • The Ivy League institution sued Zurich American Insurance last year, arguing that despite the university missing a deadline in a claim, the company was aware of the high-profile lawsuit and should cover legal costs.
  • But District Judge Allison Burroughs disagreed.
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