• August 16, 2021

    Insurers Urge 11th Circ. To Toss Eatery's Virus Coverage Suit

    Insurers for a Miami restaurant want the Eleventh Circuit to put an end to its proposed class action seeking coverage for COVID-19-related business disruptions, saying there wasn't a "direct physical loss of or damage to property" that would trigger the restaurant's policies.

  • August 13, 2021

    Hartford Dodges Miami Salon's COVID-19 Coverage Class Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday tossed a proposed class suit against Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., ruling that the policyholders' insurance did not cover COVID-19 business interruption losses because there was no physical loss or damage to the properties.

  • August 13, 2021

    NY Convention Rules In Insurance Game, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit has found that the owner and operator of a Houston townhome complex must arbitrate their insurance dispute over $5.7 million in flood damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, finding the policy's arbitration clause falls under the New York Convention, an international arbitration treaty.

  • August 13, 2021

    Ill. Judge Lets NY Builders Press On In Virus Coverage Fight

    An Illinois state judge ruled that the coronavirus's presence was enough to allege "physical loss or damage" to property, allowing a coverage suit to proceed against Continental Casualty Co. over losses from the shutdown of a Brooklyn condominium tower project during the pandemic.

  • August 12, 2021

    Insurer Beats NJ Eateries' Suit For COVID-Related Coverage

    A group of Jersey Shore restaurants aren't entitled to coverage of their losses related to the coronavirus outbreak because their insurance policies with a unit of The Hartford contain virus exclusions, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • August 12, 2021

    Judge Rejects Lakers' Shot At COVID-19 Insurance Coverage

    A federal judge handed the Los Angeles Lakers a defeat Wednesday when he dismissed their COVID-19 coverage suit against insurer Chubb, finding the team couldn't claim the virus caused physical damage to its arena.

  • August 12, 2021

    9th Circ. Urged By Chubb Unit To Affirm COVID Coverage Win

    A Chubb unit urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold dismissal of an advertising agency's COVID-19 coverage dispute, maintaining that the policy's civil authority provision is triggered only if government shutdown orders were issued in response to physical loss or damage near the policyholder's property.

  • August 11, 2021

    Virus Exclusion Blocks Coverage For Sporting Goods Stores

    Play It Again Sports franchisees lost their bid for COVID-19 coverage Wednesday after an Illinois federal judge found that the virus exclusion in their insurance policies with a Hanover Insurance Group subsidiary clearly prevents coverage.

  • August 11, 2021

    Baseball Teams Lead Pitch To 9th Circ. On COVID Coverage

    A group of minor league baseball teams and two California-based companies urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive suits seeking coverage of pandemic-related losses, saying the complicated, diverse issues shouldn't have been resolved so easily at the motion to dismiss stage.

  • August 11, 2021

    Hilton Owner Loses COVID Coverage Fight In Illinois

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday tossed a Hilton Garden Inn owner's proposed class action seeking pandemic-related loss coverage, saying the policyholder failed to show how the coronavirus or government orders physically changed its property as required by the policy.

  • August 10, 2021

    Chubb Unit Tells 4th Circ. Virus Didn't Cause Physical Loss

    A Maryland car auction company said in its complaint that the coronavirus never physically changed its property, a Chubb unit has told the Fourth Circuit, urging the court to side with the lower court that the dealership's financial losses are not covered under its property policy.

  • August 10, 2021

    State Farm Dodges Dental Practices' Virus Coverage Suit

    An Illinois state judge has dismissed a lawsuit against State Farm & Casualty Co. lodged by the owner of three dental practices seeking coverage for COVID-19-related losses, finding that the policy's virus exclusion unambiguously prevents coverage.

  • August 10, 2021

    Hartford Unit Fights Gallery's Virus Coverage Suit At 9th Circ.

    A unit of The Hartford has asked the Ninth Circuit to uphold a ruling finding that an art gallery operator isn't entitled to coverage for its pandemic losses, saying the gallery failed to show that it sustained the kind of physical damage required for coverage.

  • August 10, 2021

    Ga. Eateries Want State High Court's Take On Virus Coverage

    Atlanta restaurants seeking pandemic-related insurance coverage have asked the Eleventh Circuit to let the Georgia Supreme Court decide whether COVID-19 causes physical loss of or damage to property, arguing the question is a matter of state law.

  • August 10, 2021

    Yelp, Dental Practices Drawn Into COVID-19 Coverage Fights

    Yelp and five dental practices recently became involved in separate California suits asking if COVID-19 pandemic losses were caused by "direct physical loss or damage of" property, just as the Ninth Circuit is poised to consider the question.

  • August 09, 2021

    Trade Group Backs Wis. Pub For COVID-19 Coverage Win

    A restaurant trade group urged a Wisconsin appeals court to affirm the denial of Society Insurance's bid to toss a COVID-19 coverage suit brought by the owner of Houdini's Escape Gastropub, saying the court should confirm government shutdown orders can cause physical loss or damage to property by making the premises useless for their intended purposes.

  • August 09, 2021

    Ship Owner Wins $1.5M For Insurance Broker's Malpractice

    A jury in Florida federal court unanimously found that the owner of a sunken ship should receive more than $1.5 million from an insurance broker and three of his firms that misappropriated funds the vessel owner paid toward policies that were never obtained.

  • August 09, 2021

    Virus Exclusions Bar Salon, Laundromat's COVID-19 Coverage

    A pair of New Jersey federal judges said insurers' "virus exclusions" in their business insurance policies unambiguously barred coverage stemming from businesses' losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, dashing lawsuits by a salon and a chain of dry cleaners.

  • August 09, 2021

    Erie Insurance Virus MDL Can Move Ahead

    Businesses that couldn't get Erie Insurance to cover their pandemic-related losses should file a consolidated complaint in a Pittsburgh-based multidistrict litigation — or else face the possibility of being denied leave to amend if their cases are dismissed, a Pennsylvania federal judge said.

  • August 06, 2021

    9th Circ. Poised To Weigh COVID-19 Coverage Battles

    The Ninth Circuit will hear arguments Wednesday from policyholders and insurers in three suits over whether business-interruption coverage extends to pandemic-related losses, in what could be a preview of the many cases pending before federal appellate and trial courts.

  • August 05, 2021

    Illinois Cutlery Biz Sees COVID-19 Coverage Suit Cut Down

    An Illinois federal judge sliced a knife-sharpening business's lawsuit against Cincinnati Insurance Co. on Wednesday, finding the business's loss of use of its property during the pandemic did not amount to a direct physical loss that would trigger coverage.

  • August 05, 2021

    Iowa Justices Told About 8th Circ. Ruling On COVID Coverage

    Selective Insurance Company of America recently urged the Iowa Supreme Court to consider a pro-insurer Eighth Circuit ruling to decide whether COVID-19 pandemic-related closure orders caused covered losses to a Des Moines golf and country club.

  • August 05, 2021

    Travelers Sues Builder To Avoid Covering $50M Hotel Dispute

    Four Travelers insurance units have sued SR Construction Inc. in California federal court, asking a judge to rule that they don't need to cover the building company in an underlying case over a $50 million Hyatt hotel project in Palm Springs.

  • August 05, 2021

    Insurance Groups Urge 2nd Circ. Not To Revive NY Virus Suit

    Two insurance trade groups urged the Second Circuit to uphold a finding that a New York martial arts studio isn't entitled to coverage of pandemic losses, saying a ruling otherwise would imperil the state's insurance market and hurt policyholders.

  • August 04, 2021

    Policy Cancellation Bars Wis. Ski Resort's $5M Fire Claim

    A Wisconsin federal judge ruled Wednesday that Axis Surplus Insurance Co. is not required to pay a ski resort's $5 million fire damage claim, holding that the insurer validly canceled the policy before the fire.

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