Property

  • July 19, 2021

    Insurer Urges 4th Circ. To Uphold Venue's Loss In Virus Suit

    The Cincinnati Insurance Co. is asking the Fourth Circuit to uphold a lower court finding that a West Virginia wine and art venue failed to show how the coronavirus pandemic caused the kind of physical loss or damage required for coverage.

  • July 19, 2021

    Trade Groups Urge 11th Circ. To Toss Florida Virus Suit

    Two of the largest insurer trade groups in the country warned the Eleventh Circuit that overturning a COVID-19 coverage ruling in favor of Aspen Specialty Insurance Co. would threaten the solvency of the entire insurance industry, according to an amicus brief filed Friday.

  • July 19, 2021

    Zurich Says Exclusions Bar Virus Coverage For Burrito Chain

    Zurich American Insurance Co. said a contamination exclusion in its contract with the owner of the Freebirds World Burrito chain should bar coverage for the restaurants' COVID-19-related losses.

  • July 16, 2021

    Fla. Condo Collapse Suits Get 'Right Judge At The Right Time'

    The judge overseeing the litigation surrounding the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse has been thrust into what one unit owner called "the hardest job in Miami-Dade County right now." But it's a role Judge Michael Hanzman, a former class action litigator, has prepared for his entire career, according to his former law partners.

  • July 16, 2021

    Condos, Zurich Subsidiary At Odds Over Hurricane Irma Losses

    A pair of condo associations sued a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance over an alleged $14 million difference in their estimates of the destruction the buildings suffered from Hurricane Irma in 2017, according to a suit removed to Florida federal court on Friday.

  • July 16, 2021

    Affleck-Led Film Project, Chubb End Insurance Dispute

    Chubb National Insurance Co. and the Hollywood production company behind a planned Ben Affleck heist movie agreed to end their insurance fight over extending a contract during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a filing in California federal court.

  • July 16, 2021

    La. Church Says Insurer Undervalued Hurricane Damage

    A Louisiana church has said in a coverage dispute filed in federal court that its insurer strayed from the terms of its homeowners policy by undervaluing damage caused by Hurricane Laura and failing to pay the claim.

  • July 16, 2021

    Iowa Eatery Asks 8th Circ. To Revive COVID Coverage Suit

    An Iowa restaurant has urged the Eighth Circuit to revive its COVID-19 business interruption suit against Regent Insurance Co., arguing that a virus exclusion does not bar coverage to its losses caused by government closure orders issued to curb the pandemic.

  • July 16, 2021

    Brooklyn Building Owner Loses COVID-19 Coverage Bid

    The owner of a Brooklyn building lost its bid against Wesco Insurance Co. for COVID-19 coverage after a New York state judge found that business losses from pandemic orders don't qualify as physical losses under the insurance policy.

  • July 15, 2021

    Crunch Fitness COVID Suit Should Be Tossed, Nova Says

    Nova Casualty Co. said it shouldn't have to face claims by Crunch Fitness over the denial of insurance coverage for 35 of its franchises because the gyms didn't suffer any physical losses or damages to the property, according to a filing in Colorado federal court on Wednesday.

  • July 15, 2021

    Zurich Unit Accused Of 'Callous Argument' In Virus Suit

    The owners of a casino, hotels, a golf course and a horse track invoked the many New Yorkers who have died from COVID-19 in essential businesses in its bid to keep alive its insurance coverage case against a Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. unit.

  • July 15, 2021

    COVID Coverage Suits In NJ Prove Tough For Policyholders

    New Jersey federal and state courts have proven to be troublesome for policyholders in coverage fights with insurers over losses during the coronavirus pandemic, as seen in a Wednesday federal court ruling that threw out a Garden State catering company's putative class suit under the policy's virus exclusion.

  • July 15, 2021

    Senior Living Homes Want $18M In COVID-19 Loss Coverage

    The owners of 30 senior living centers along the West Coast said in a lawsuit recently pulled up to Washington federal court that their insurer should fork over $18 million to cover losses and damages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • July 15, 2021

    Insurer Balks At Tribe's 'Hairsplitting' Claims In Virus Suit

    Factory Mutual Insurance Co. said Wednesday that a Connecticut state court should reject "hairsplitting" arguments by a tribal nation claiming it is entitled to coverage for COVID-19 losses to its multiple businesses, including a casino.

  • July 15, 2021

    Insurer Fights Fla. Restaurant's COVID-19 Coverage Appeal

    Underwriters at Lloyd's of London told the U.S. Eleventh Circuit that government closure orders do not cause property damage, urging the court to reject a Florida restaurant's bid to certify a COVID-19 coverage question to the Florida Supreme Court.

  • July 14, 2021

    Ky. Brewery Can't Tap Insurer For COVID-19 Losses

    United Fire Group is not responsible for a Kentucky brewing company's losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic because the virus and government shutdown orders did not cause any physical damage to its properties, a Kentucky federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • July 14, 2021

    Ariz. Health Co. Says Disease Provision Covers COVID Losses

    An Arizona health care company has accused Continental Casualty Insurance Co. of "blatantly" ignoring its coverage obligations for the company's losses related to COVID-19, arguing in federal court that its suit against the insurer should move forward because it is covered for damage caused by communicable diseases.

  • July 14, 2021

    Minn. Dentist, Texas Restaurants Lose Virus Coverage Suits

    A Texas federal judge dismissed two COVID-19 coverage suits Tuesday, concluding a Minnesota dentist and a Lone Star State restaurant group failed to show direct physical damage from COVID-19.

  • July 14, 2021

    Mass. Court Is Told Eateries' COVID Losses Aren't Covered

    The owners of three Boston-area restaurants can't tap into coverage for pandemic-related losses attributed to a decline in customers under government-imposed restrictions, Strathmore Insurance Co. has argued to a Massachusetts appellate court, asking it to uphold dismissal of their COVID-19 coverage suit.

  • July 14, 2021

    Insurer Tells 8th Circ. Hilton Owner Can't Get COVID Coverage

    Continental Casualty Co. told the Eighth Circuit that an owner of Best Western, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Marriott franchises is not covered for pandemic-related losses, urging the appellate court to follow its recent ruling that government closure orders do not cause property damage.

  • July 13, 2021

    Judge Says Discovery Needed In Construction Defect Suits

    An Arizona federal judge said NGM Insurance Co. breached defense duty to a real estate development company over a Nevada construction defect suit, but said he could not determine whether the carrier unreasonably delayed defense over 16 similar underlying suits filed in Arizona.

  • July 13, 2021

    Hotel Owner Fights Zurich's Bid To Toss COVID Coverage Suit

    The owner of hotels across the United States and Canada told a Connecticut state court on Monday to let its business interruption suit continue against Zurich American Insurance Co., arguing that losses caused by the presence of the coronavirus triggered coverage.

  • July 12, 2021

    Outback Franchisee Brings COVID Coverage Suit To 9th Circ.

    The owner of 100 Outback Steakhouse restaurants said a California federal court wrongly tossed its pandemic loss suit, telling the Ninth Circuit on Monday that Affiliated FM Insurance Co. must provide coverage because its employees contracted the virus and their droplets damaged the properties.

  • July 12, 2021

    Nationwide Urges 11th Circ. To Back Win In Eatery's Virus Suit

    A Nationwide unit told the Eleventh Circuit on Monday to uphold the dismissal of a Cajun eatery's coverage dispute, saying that a stay-at-home order did not cause a loss or damage to the Georgia restaurant.

  • July 12, 2021

    Novant Can't Send COVID Coverage Suit Back To State Court

    A North Carolina federal judge rejected Novant Health's attempt to move its COVID-19 insurance coverage suit against a Zurich unit back to state court.

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