Insurance Company For Kanye West's Cancelled Pablo Tour Counters Lawsuit

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Earlier this month, West's company, Very Good Touring Inc., filed an nearly $10 million lawsuit against a group of insurers, claiming breach of contract and breach of good faith for not paying out a claim after the rapper canceled his 2016 Saint Pablo tour because of a health issue.

After West filed a lawsuit against the syndicates of Lloyd's of London for $10m, the insurers made the 40-year-old undergo various medical examinations to confirm his mental breakdown but did indicate the status of the claims payment, according to documents submitted to the California federal court.

Lloyd's, meanwhile, wants a judge to rule it shouldn't have to pay West anything for stopping the tour.

West called off the remainder of the North American tour on 21 November 2016, two days after cutting short a show in Sacramento and embarking on a 25-minute, apparently unscripted onstage rant praising Donald Trump and criticising Hillary Clinton, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Facebook.

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The defendants are seeking declaratory relief that they have no duty to indemnify West's company because the insuring clause allegedly has not been triggered and is expressly excluded by conditions in the policy. The insurers accuse the rapper of failing to cooperate with their investigators, while also claiming that there are "substantial irregularities in Mr West's medical history". He was subsequently admitted to the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center, with one news agency stating at the time that "the decision to hospitalise West was for his own health and safety".

At the beginning of August, West filed a lawsuit against a group of Lloyd's syndicates including Cathedral, Liberty, XL Catlin, Markel and Allianz.

In fact, it was the early involvement of legal counsel on the part of the insurance companies that caused West's camp to be suspicious that Lloyd's ever had any plans of paying up.

Howard King, West's attorney, told TMZ that the countersuit is "the same generic response Lloyd's files when they don't want to honor a legitimate claim but can't find a factual basis to deny the claim".

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