NEWS & ANALYSIS


Judge Tells Philly Eagles, 76ers To Reference COVID Rulings

By Elizabeth Daley

A Pennsylvania federal judge has asked the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia 76ers and other parties to prepare to discuss rulings in COVID-19 pandemic-related cases that may influence the sports teams' quest for insurance coverage at oral arguments on Wednesday.

Virus Exclusion Ends Restaurants' COVID-19 Coverage Suit

By Elizabeth Daley

The owner of nine restaurants located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida lost its bid for COVID-19 coverage after a Pennsylvania federal judge said a virus exclusion clearly prevents coverage.

Miss. Italian Restaurant Loses COVID-19 Coverage Bid

By Riley Murdock

A Mississippi federal judge tossed an Italian restaurant's COVID-19 pandemic insurance coverage suit against State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Co., finding it failed to show a physical loss or damage required to trigger coverage.

Lab's Lawyer Resigns, Cigna Can File Sanctions In COVID Suit

By Elizabeth Daley

An unpaid attorney for a radiology lab seeking nearly $1.5 million in reimbursement for COVID-19 services will resign as counsel in the lab's case against Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. and Cigna can seek sanctions against the lab, a New Jersey federal judge said.

La. High Court To Test Major Policyholder Virus Coverage Win

By Eli Flesch

The Louisiana Supreme Court agreed to consider whether a New Orleans restaurant is entitled to coverage for its pandemic losses, a decision that has the potential to upend one of the most significant policyholder rulings in a virus coverage suit in the country.

9th Circ. Backs Dismissal Of International Co.'s Virus Suit

By Riley Murdock

The Ninth Circuit affirmed Tuesday the dismissal of Tao Group Holdings LLC's COVID-19 property insurance coverage suit against a Liberty Mutual unit, the latest in a series of rulings from the court rejecting pandemic-related claims.

High Court Won't Hear Md. Auto Auction Co.'s COVID Appeal

By Riley Murdock

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a Maryland car auction company's challenge to a Fourth Circuit ruling allowing a Chubb unit to escape its coverage claim for COVID-19 pandemic-related business losses, the latest in a string of appellate defeats for the company.

Live Nation, FM Want Temporary Pause In COVID Row

By Riley Murdock

Live Nation and Factory Mutual Insurance Co. asked a California federal judge Friday to stay their COVID-19 coverage dispute until 30 days after the next ruling in the case, allowing them time to discuss a potential settlement based on the results.

11th Circ. Upholds Zurich's Win In COVID-19 Coverage Row

By Madeline Lyskawa

Zurich American Insurance Co. need not provide coverage for pandemic-related losses suffered by a Florida restaurant group, after the Eleventh Circuit affirmed on Thursday a lower court's ruling that none of the company's alleged COVID-19 losses involved a tangible change to its property.

Cigna Demands Unpaid Lawyer Continue COVID-19 Lab Suit

By Elizabeth Daley

Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. blasted a motion from an unpaid attorney for a radiology lab who asked to be removed as counsel from his client's New Jersey federal suit seeking nearly $1.5 million in reimbursement for COVID-19 services the lab said are covered by insurance because of federal legislation.

La. Law Firms Defend Virus Coverage Suit

By Ben Zigterman

Two New Orleans-based law firms asked a Louisiana federal court Wednesday to reject Starr Indemnity & Liability Co.'s bid for a pretrial win in their COVID-19 coverage suit, citing a state appellate court's ruling in favor of a policyholder.

Cleaning Virus Like Mopping Floor, Insurer Tells 10th Circ.

By Ben Zigterman

An attorney for Cincinnati Insurance Co. asked the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday to affirm the dismissal of an Aspen, Colorado, restaurant's COVID-19 coverage suit, comparing cleaning the coronavirus to mopping a floor.

Insurer Says No Need To Certify DC Virus Damage Question

By Riley Murdock

Factory Mutual Insurance asked the D.C. Circuit to deny George Washington University's request to certify a question on whether the presence of COVID-19 can cause physical loss or damage to property, pushing back on the university's attempt to continue its $1 billion business interruption coverage bid.

Judge Dismisses Oregon Restaurants' Virus Coverage Suits

By Elizabeth Daley

An Oregon federal judge adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation, dismissing COVID-19 coverage suits from three Portland restaurants against insurer Cincinnati Insurance Co.

New 7th Circ. Rulings Put End To Salon's Virus Coverage Suit

By Jennifer Mandato

West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. prevailed over a southern Illinois salon's bid for COVID-19-related coverage after a federal court reconsidered the insurer's motion to dismiss in light of two Seventh Circuit decisions.

Va. Medical Centers' Bid For Early Win In Virus Suit Denied

By Riley Murdock

A Virginia federal judge sided with American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co. in a COVID-19 business interruption case brought by two medical center operators, finding in an order entered Monday that they couldn't get coverage for lost income from government orders that postponed elective procedures.

Michigan Utility Co. Seeks $1.7M After Virus Derails Project

By Jennifer Mandato

A Michigan public utility company is asking for a federal court's assistance in recovering over $1.7 million from insurers including Allianz and Liberty Mutual to cover damages that the company says it incurred after halting construction of a natural gas power plant due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5th Circ. Precedent Dooms La. Eatery Operator's Virus Suit

By Ben Zigterman

A Louisiana federal judge dismissed a COVID-19 coverage suit from the operator of several New Orleans restaurants, bars and event venues, finding that the Fifth Circuit already found that pandemic-related damages cannot constitute covered physical damage.

Pa. Judge Nixes University Virus Coverage Suit

By Riley Murdock

A Pennsylvania federal judge tossed a COVID-19 business interruption suit brought by two nonprofits that own housing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, finding the organizations' claims are barred by a virus exclusion.

UT Austin Restaurant Loses COVID-19 Coverage Suit

By Elizabeth Daley

A restaurant near the University of Texas at Austin lost its bid for at least $1 million in COVID-19-related coverage when a Texas federal judge adopted a magistrate judge's findings that the establishment had not suffered physical loss or damage because of the virus.