Property

  • 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.

  • July 12, 2021

    Broker Hits Marriott For Seeking Virus Coverage In Pandemic

    A South Carolina Marriott's insurance broker asked a federal court Monday to toss a suit brought by the hotel's owner, comparing its ability to find communicable disease coverage during a pandemic to finding fire coverage for a building engulfed in flames.

  • July 12, 2021

    Arbitration May Favor Insurer In Caesars COVID Fight

    A London judge ruled that Caesars Entertainment Inc. must halt Nevada litigation against Markel Bermuda Ltd. over pandemic-related losses, citing an arbitration provision, a move that experts said will send the dispute to an insurer-friendly venue.

  • July 12, 2021

    Crunch Says Insurers 'Duplicitous' In Nixing Virus Coverage

    Crunch Fitness asked a Colorado federal court to find that Nova Casualty Co. cannot use a virus exclusion to get out of paying COVID-19 losses because insurers misrepresented how the exclusion limits coverage for disease-related claims, according to a new complaint.

  • July 12, 2021

    AIG Tells 9th Circ. Casino Out Of Luck On COVID-19 Coverage

    The Ninth Circuit should back a lower court's decision to toss a Las Vegas casino's suit over pandemic-related losses, AIG Specialty Insurance Co. said, arguing there was no physical loss or damage to trigger coverage.

  • July 12, 2021

    Dentists' Virus Coverage Suit Misreads Policy, 11th Circ. Told

    Cincinnati Insurance Co. pushed back on a Georgia dental practice's Eleventh Circuit appeal of its pandemic coverage suit, saying the clinic misinterpreted its policy and failed to show physical loss or damage to its property required for coverage.

  • July 09, 2021

    Calif. Senate OKs Bill To Insure Farmers Against Wildfire Risks

    California farmers facing increasing wildfire risks could benefit from more affordable insurance rates after state lawmakers approved a bill to include them in the California FAIR plan, an insurance pool that seeks to provide last-resort coverage.

  • July 09, 2021

    Planet Hollywood's 'Artful' COVID Suit Still Flops, Zurich Says

    Zurich American Insurance Co. told a Florida federal court Friday that Planet Hollywood's lawsuit seeking coverage for its pandemic-related losses may be an "artful" pleading, but its arguments that COVID-19 causes actual damage or loss to properties have already been soundly rejected by the state's courts and should be dismissed.

  • July 09, 2021

    8th Circ. COVID Ruling Kills Goodwill's Appeal, Insurer Says

    A central Oklahoma Goodwill failed to show how it was physically damaged by COVID-19 orders, Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. argued in its appellate brief comparing the non-profit's case to one that was rejected earlier this month in the first appellate decision on a coronavirus coverage suit.

  • July 09, 2021

    Insurers Score Wins In 3 More COVID Loss Suits In Ill.

    Three more coronavirus-related lawsuits were decided in favor of insurers after an Illinois federal judge found that the virus does not cause physical damage to property, adding to a mountain of victories in litigation over pandemic-related business revenue losses.

  • July 09, 2021

    Canceled Radiology Conference Not Insured, Court Finds

    The Radiological Society of North America isn't entitled to coverage of losses it incurred when it canceled its annual conference in response to the coronavirus pandemic, an Illinois federal judge found, pointing to a communicable disease exclusion in its policy.

  • July 09, 2021

    Restaurant's Virus Suit Belongs In Fed. Court, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania restaurant's COVID-19 coverage suit against Cincinnati Casualty Co. should be heard by a federal court, not a state one, according to a federal magistrate judge's recommendation.

  • July 09, 2021

    Policyholders Unfazed By 1st Appellate COVID Coverage Loss

    The Eighth Circuit recently came out with the first appellate COVID-19 business interruption suit ruling in favor of insurance companies, but attorneys for policyholders said they don't expect the decision to be influential in the many other appeals over coverage for pandemic-related losses.

  • July 08, 2021

    Evanston May Be On Hook For Property Managers' Defense

    Evanston Insurance Co. should defend a group of property managers in an underlying $12.5 million lawsuit involving allegedly defective glass panels on the balconies of a Manhattan condo and shouldn't be able to end its involvement in the case early, according to a New York federal magistrate's recommendation Thursday.

  • July 08, 2021

    Down But Not Out For In-N-Out's COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    In-N-Out has lost its bid for COVID-19 coverage after a California federal judge found the burger chain failed to show how the virus or stay-at-home orders physically damaged its restaurants.

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