Written by Cover Note editor Eva Wiland.
Departing Essendon AFL team coach James Hird is suing Chubb for not covering a $641,000 legal bill from the ongoing player drugs saga. Hird’s lawyer Steven Amendola told CN the claim was for $573,000, the cost of his failed Federal Court action against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) last year, and $68,000 in appeal costs awarded against him. Amendola said Essendon Football Club insurer Chubb had denied liability, claiming executives’ legal costs were covered if they were defendants but not if they took a case as a claimant. Hird unsuccessfully sued ASADA last year because he believed its probe into alleged drug code breaches was unlawful and a finding against him was unfair. In March, AFL’s anti-doping tribunal found 34 past and present Essendon players not guilty of the ASADA charges. The World Anti-Doping Authority is seeking a rehearing. Amendola said he expected the case against Chubb to go to trial before the end of the year.
First published in Cover Note on 20/08/2015.
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