Insurer Dropped as Defendant in Wisconsin Diocese Case

July 20, 2009

A judge has dropped an insurance company from a lawsuit accusing the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., of covering up a priest’s sexual assaults.

Milwaukee-based Indiana Insurance Co. asked to be dropped from the lawsuit, saying its policy didn’t cover acts intentionally committed by then-priest John Feeney.

Judge Nancy Krueger agreed. The case against the diocese will continue.

Two brothers say they were 12 and 14 when Feeney abused them in 1978. Feeney is serving a 15-year prison sentence for sexual abuse.

The diocese says it’s disappointed in the ruling and is adamant it didn’t willfully do anything wrong.

Jeff Anderson represents the two brothers. He says he’s not concerned that the diocese lost its insurance coverage, saying it has adequate resources to pay any damages.

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