Continental Insurance Company, a New Hampshire Corporation,plaintiff-appellant, v. Del Astra Industries, Inc., a California Corporation;charles Prior Hall, a California Individual; Wbxpartners, a California Partnership,defendants-appellees, 35 F.3d 570 (9th Cir. 1994)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 35 F.3d 570 (9th Cir. 1994) Argued and Submitted July 13, 1994. Decided Sept. 6, 1994

Before: CHOY, LEAVY, and KLEINFELD, Circuit Judges.


Continental Insurance Company (Continental) appeals the district court's sua sponte grant of summary judgment in favor of Del Astra Industries (Del Astra). Del Astra argues that we lack jurisdiction because this case fails to meet Article III's case or controversy requirement. We reject Del Astra's argument. American States Ins. Co. v. Kearns, 15 F.3d 142 (9th Cir. 1994).

Continental argues that as a matter of law the advertising injury liability insurance policy it issued to Del Astra does not cover patent infringement claims and it, therefore, has no duty to defend Del Astra in the underlying action. We agree and reverse the district court's grant of summary judgment for the reasons set forth in Everest and Jennings, Inc. v. American Motorists Ins. Co., 23 F.3d 226 (9th Cir. 1994) and Intex Plastics Sales Co. v. United Nat'l Ins. Co., 23 F.3d 254 (9th Cir. 1994).



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