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Church, Insurance Company Square Off Over Abuse Settlement

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Grange Mutual Casualty Co. argues it is not responsible for paying the money under a clause in its policy with the megachurch that excludes coverage for acts of abuse or molestation.

Lawyers for the Central Ohio megachurch World Harvest Church and its former insurance company are squaring off in the Ohio Supreme Court over payment of $3.1 million settlement in a lawsuit over the alleged beating of a toddler at the church.

The issue is whether the insurer must pay $1 million of the judgment in a church daycare employee's alleged beating of a 2-year-old boy.

Grange Mutual Casualty Co. argues it is not responsible for paying the money under a clause in its policy with the megachurch that excludes coverage for acts of abuse or molestation.

The company is fighting an appeals court ruling that found the insurer was liable to help pay the judgment awarded to the parents of the child.