O/T: Singer Sues For Denial of Insurance Claim

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Thu Feb 10 16:11:01 MST 2005


But, she's a Bush supporter all the way, folks! I'm not kidding,
either. She was very vocal about it.


Britney Spears Sues Insurance Companies
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Feb 8, 8:52 AM (ET)

NEW YORK (AP) - Britney Spears is suing eight insurance companies
that rejected a $9.8 million claim she filed after injuring her
knee during a video shoot last summer. Spears later had to cancel
her 2004 summer tour.

The lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan says Spears
and her company, Britney Touring Inc., paid the firms more than
$1.3 million in premiums to insure her 2004 Onyx Hotel Tour
through the United States, Canada and Europe.

On June 8, "while the policies were in full force and effect,"
court papers say, Spears hurt her left knee in New York during
choreography for a video of her song "Outrageous." She had surgery
days later to repair the knee.

Court papers say that after Spears canceled the tour, seven of the
insurance companies, all in Britain, refused to pay. The other
company, a French firm, did not respond at all, court papers say.

The seven British companies said that during a pre-tour medical
exam on Feb. 5, 2004, Spears failed to tell them about a
pre-existing left knee injury and surgery she had less than five
years earlier.

Spears underwent "minor orthopedic surgery" on her left knee in
March 1999, four years and 11 months earlier, which was "an
innocent omission that was not material to defendants' decision to
provide coverage or to the scope of the coverage provided,"
according to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday.

Court papers also say the new injury was on the other side of the
knee.

The singer began her tour, following release of her "In the Zone"
album, on March 2 in San Diego. On March 18, she hurt her left
knee in Moline, Ill., and was forced to cancel shows later that
month in Chicago and Detroit.

While in Queens on June 8 filming the "Outrageous" video, Spears
injured the left knee. She underwent surgery on June 11 and
canceled the rest of the tour on June 15. She then filed the claim
with the insurance companies.

There were no New York telephone listings for any of the eight
insurance companies.

Spears' lawyer in New York, Jonathan Stoler, said Monday that
lawsuits against insurance companies with offices in foreign
countries are filed with the state insurance commission. He said
he did not know who the companies' lawyers were in New York.

Spears' latest album, "In the Zone," was released in November and
has sold more than 2.6 million copies.



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