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A Pennsylvania judge ruled that Nautilus Insurance Co. does not need to defend or indemnify Motel Management Services Inc. against a 2017 lawsuit that alleged the company’s Neshaminy Inn motel turned a blind eye to the sex trafficking of a minor. (Photo: Thinkstock)

An insurance carrier has no obligation to defend against a lawsuit aimed at holding a motel liable for sex trafficking that occurred on its premises.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Savage of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that Nautilus Insurance Co. does not need to defend or indemnify Motel Management Services Inc. against a 2017 lawsuit that alleged the company’s Neshaminy Inn motel turned a blind eye to the sex trafficking of a minor.

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