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Foxborough, Krafts still at odds on insurance

A pro soccer match planned for Saturday at Gillette Stadium will go forward without a license, the latest in a clash between The Kraft Group and the town of Foxborough.

Lawyers were unable to iron out a liability insurance disagreement before a Friday deadline, after months of negotiations.

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Foxborough officials have held back the license for the New England Revolution game as well as those for upcoming concerts by Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift in a bid to force the company to help pay new, high deductibles on potential litigation from stadium events.

The town’s insurance carrier recently hiked the per-person deductible on the municipal policy from $7,500 to $50,000 per potential claimant, effective July 1. That followed a class-action civil rights suit filed against the town last summer by more than 1,000 ticketholders who said they were wrongly placed in protective custody at a pair of concerts when it merely appeared they had been drinking.

Stacey James, a spokesman for Robert Kraft who owns the soccer team and the stadium, said all possible license conditions have been satisfied and the appropriate insurance to host the event is in place. He said the company has worked as hard as it can to be helpful but some town officials are “obstructionists” who have asked for more than is required by law.

Foxborough’s Acting Town Manager Robert Cutler declined to comment except to say the town is still working on a solution.

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