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Insurance Company Wants Out Of Case

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Is insurance sometimes just a masquerade? That is the question a judge in Tampa will have to answer. The story on TBO.com could be headlined, Now You See It, Now You Don’t.

Colony Insurance Says Club Slaying Is Not Covered

TAMPA – The insurance company for an Ybor City nightclub where a man was fatally stabbed in June says it should not have to pay if the club loses a wrongful death lawsuit.

On June 24, Wendy and Tommy Laskas went to a concert at The Masquerade. A fight broke out in a mosh pit, and a man pulled a pocketknife, police have said. Tommy Laskas, 29, tried to prevent his wife from being stabbed, and the man turned on him, police said. He was stabbed several times in the chest.

In September, Wendy Laskas filed suit against the club, saying it should have taken better steps to ensure patrons were not armed. Attorneys for the club’s insurance company, Colony Insurance, have been defending the suit for The Masquerade.

On Monday, Colony Insurance filed court papers asking a judge to order that it does not have to continue to provide coverage for The Masquerade in this case.

According to a clause in the insurance contract, Colony is not required to provide insurance coverage if someone is injured as a result of assault and battery. Any negligent hiring, training or supervision that causes a battery also would not be covered.

Is insurance sometimes just a masquerade? That is the question a judge in Tampa will have to answer. The story on TBO.com could be headlined, Now You See It, Now You Don’t.

Colony Insurance Says Club Slaying Is Not Covered

TAMPA – The insurance company for an Ybor City nightclub where a man was fatally stabbed in June says it should not have to pay if the club loses a wrongful death lawsuit.

On June 24, Wendy and Tommy Laskas went to a concert at The Masquerade. A fight broke out in a mosh pit, and a man pulled a pocketknife, police have said. Tommy Laskas, 29, tried to prevent his wife from being stabbed, and the man turned on him, police said. He was stabbed several times in the chest.

In September, Wendy Laskas filed suit against the club, saying it should have taken better steps to ensure patrons were not armed. Attorneys for the club’s insurance company, Colony Insurance, have been defending the suit for The Masquerade.

On Monday, Colony Insurance filed court papers asking a judge to order that it does not have to continue to provide coverage for The Masquerade in this case.

According to a clause in the insurance contract, Colony is not required to provide insurance coverage if someone is injured as a result of assault and battery. Any negligent hiring, training or supervision that causes a battery also would not be covered.