Property

  • August 27, 2021

    Ill. Judge Hands Society Insurance COVID-19 Coverage Wins

    Society Insurance has escaped having to cover multiple Illinois businesses' COVID-19 pandemic losses, after a state judge ruled the presence of the coronavirus didn't cause physical loss or damage to their properties.

  • August 26, 2021

    Chubb Unit Beats NJ Restaurant's COVID Coverage Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday ruled that an Italian restaurant is not entitled to coverage from a Chubb insurance unit for pandemic-related business interruption losses, finding that a virus exclusion in the restaurant's insurance policy bars its case.

  • August 26, 2021

    11th Circ. Affirms $3M Insurer Win Over Ruined Orange Grove

    Travelers Indemnity Insurance isn't obliged to cover a $3 million settlement a Florida orange grove manager accused of stealing supplies and damaging trees reached with the grove's owner, an Eleventh Circuit panel said Thursday, affirming a lower court ruling.

  • August 26, 2021

    Policyholders Nab Wins In COVID Suits, In 'Sea Change'

    Policyholders scored successes recently in battles with insurance companies when Pennsylvania and Nevada state court judges allowed suits over COVID-19 pandemic losses to proceed to discovery, marking what one policyholder attorney called a "sea change" in the way courts are seeing the cases.

  • August 26, 2021

    NY Cos. Denied Virus Coverage Like 'More Than 100' Before

    A New York federal judge tossed a suit against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. and another against the Ohio Casualty Insurance Co., ruling that — as found in more than 100 similar federal court cases across the country — the loss of use of the businesses' spaces due to COVID-19 orders doesn't trigger coverage based on physical property loss.

  • August 26, 2021

    Owner Of 4 La. Subways Sues Insurer Over Hurricane Losses

    The owner of four Louisiana Subway locations said in a dispute filed in federal court Thursday that its insurer acted in bad faith by paying nothing toward business losses caused last year by Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta.

  • August 25, 2021

    Policyholders Ask 11th Circ. To Revive Virus Coverage Suits

    A group of policyholders has asked the Eleventh Circuit to save their separate pandemic coverage suits, saying lower court dismissals of their cases failed to account for meanings of physical loss that could qualify them for coverage.

  • August 24, 2021

    Society Asks Judge To Toss Bad Faith Claims In Virus MDL

    Society Insurance Co. has urged an Illinois federal judge to nix all bad faith claims against it in pandemic business-interruption multidistrict litigation, saying it never issued a blanket coverage denial over COVID-19 losses.

  • August 24, 2021

    Native American Tribes See Mixed Bag In Virus Coverage Suits

    Native American tribes and nations have seen mixed results in federal and state suits against insurance companies as they continue to bring litigation aiming to tap into billions of dollars of coverage for losses to casinos and resorts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • August 24, 2021

    NY Photography Biz's Virus Coverage Suit Gets Shuttered

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has thrown out a New York photography company's proposed class action against Valley Forge Insurance Co. over pandemic-related losses, finding that "words matter" in concluding that the coronavirus didn't cause covered physical loss or damage.

  • August 23, 2021

    Insurer Wants Restaurant's Virus Coverage Suit Tossed

    The Cincinnati Casualty Co. has urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to find that the absence of any physical damage meant that a Scranton-area restaurant was barred from claiming coverage for financial losses it suffered after being forced to close last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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.

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