Property

  • August 20, 2021

    Tribe's Pandemic Coverage Limited To $2M, Conn. Judge Says

    A Connecticut state court ruled that the Native American tribe that operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino could potentially recover only $2 million from the $1.6 billion available under an insurance policy, finding that most losses caused by the pandemic are subject to a virus exclusion.

  • August 19, 2021

    Calif. Bans Insurance Policy Cancellations Amid Wildfires

    California insurers are banned from not renewing or canceling the residential property insurance policies held by more than 25,000 policyholders affected by Northern California's Lava and Beckwourth Complex fires for one year, thanks to a moratorium the state insurance commissioner issued Thursday.

  • August 19, 2021

    State Farm Policyholders Win 1st Class Cert. In COVID-19 Row

    A Virginia federal judge has issued a first-of-its-kind ruling certifying a statewide class of businesses accusing State Farm units of wrongfully denying coverage for their pandemic-related losses, finding that the businesses' claims involve sufficient common issues.

  • August 18, 2021

    Texas BBQ Restaurants Ask 5th Circ. To Revive COVID Suit

    Terry Black's Barbecue, which offers pit-smoked meats in Austin and Dallas, has urged the Fifth Circuit to revive its COVID-19 loss suit against State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co., saying Texas law does not require policyholders to show tangible damage to get coverage in property policies.

  • August 18, 2021

    3rd Circ. Says Fed. Judges Rushed Virus Insurance Suits

    The Third Circuit ruled Wednesday in a split precedential opinion that federal judges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey should have taken a closer look before declining jurisdiction over three lawsuits originally brought by restaurants in state court seeking insurance coverage for their losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • August 18, 2021

    Insurer Can't Skirt Appraisal Of Condos' Hurricane Claim

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision compelling appraisal of a condominium association's claim for hurricane damage coverage from Heritage Property & Casualty Co., finding that the association had complied with all post-loss provisions in its property policy.

  • August 17, 2021

    Restaurant Group Says Zurich Misread Its Own Policy

    Tavistock Restaurants has argued against insurer Zurich American's bid in Florida federal court to throw out the large restaurant company's claims in their dispute over coverage for COVID-19-related losses, saying it has shown "direct physical loss of or damage to" its properties.

  • August 17, 2021

    These Law Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    After years of professing an unwavering dedication to promoting diversity in the legal industry, law firms have made only modest progress, particularly in their equity partnerships. But a handful of law firms are taking demonstrable steps to turn long-standing goals into realities.

  • August 16, 2021

    Salon's COVID Changes Not Covered, Judge Says In Reversal

    Two months after allowing a California salon's COVID-19 coverage suit to continue, an Illinois federal judge dismissed the case Friday after Continental Casualty Co. asked him to rethink his decision.

  • August 16, 2021

    Law360's Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms are facing a renewed push to fix a long-standing lack of diversity, and this year's Diversity Snapshot provides a stark perspective on where they stand and how far they have to go. Here's our deep dive into minority representation at law firms in 2020.

  • 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.

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