- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Shakespeare Festival can go to trial or pursue a settlement under a judge’s ruling that an insurer should have covered damage and cancellations related to wildfire smoke.

The Mail Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1PulAEg) Judge Mark Clarke dismissed the festival’s claim that Great American Insurance Co. was negligent.

OSF spokesman Eddie Wallace said the festival is discussing whether the next step will be a trial or pursuing a settlement. He said the festival has switched insurers.

The insurance company argued that the case should be dismissed because cancellations were voluntary and the policy did not cover air quality inside buildings.

Smoke from five lightning-caused wildfires canceled events in southern Oregon in the summer of 2013.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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