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Ruling May Portend Bitter End for COVID Business Interruption Claimants

A federal appellate court ruling that dismissed a dental practice’s COVID-19 business interruption claim might be the beginning of the end for policyholder arguments that income lost because of government shutdowns should be recovered through commercial property insurance policies. The …

US Senate Panel Hears From Chubb, Others on Insuring Pandemic Risk

NEW YORK — New Jersey business owner Adenah Bayoh told a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Wednesday she paid about $275,000 a year to insure her group of restaurants, only to discover the limits of her policy during the coronavirus …

Restaurants Ask N.C. Supreme Court to Bypass Appeals Court in COVID Win

A group of North Carolina restaurants and an industry group are asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to bypass the Court of Appeals and take up an insurer’s appeal of a trial court decision that found coverage was owed for …

Conn. Judge Rules No Coverage Owed for Wholesaler’s $100M in COVID Losses

A Connecticut judge ruled that The Hartford did not owe coverage to designer footwear wholesaler Marc Fisher for more than $100 million in losses caused by COVID-19 business closures. Waterbury Judicial District Judge Barbara N. Bellis ruled that government orders …

Like ‘Terminator,’ High-Tech Cyber Crime to ‘Keep Coming’

NEW YORK — Businesses worldwide are fighting sophisticated data scientists as they battle to protect their data-rich computers from cyber crime – and the costly attacks are not going to stop, a top expert at insurer Sompo Holdings Inc said …

N.H. Hotel Group Chalks Rare Win in Pandemic-Related Business Interruption Lawsuit

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of a group of hotels whose owners sued their insurance carriers over lost business during the coronavirus pandemic. Businessman Mark Stebbins of Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels, LLC, one of the …

Judge Dismisses Hundreds of Washington State Business Interruption Claims

A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed lawsuits filed by hundreds of Washington state businesses seeking insurance coverage for revenues lost because of COVID-19 public health orders. U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein on Friday granted insurers’ motions to dispose …

Policyholders Digging for ISO Documents to Support COVID-19 BI Claims

Plaintiff’s attorneys are looking deep into the weeds for evidence to support claims for business income lost because of COVID-19 public safety orders. Lawyers for footwear wholesaler Marc Fisher LLC and its affiliates are asking a Connecticut state court to …

In Rare Policyholder Win, Texas Judge Refuses to Dismiss Theater Chain’s COVID Lawsuit

A federal judge in Sherman, Texas on Wednesday ruled against an insurer that sought to dismiss a $500 million COVID-19 business-interruption lawsuit by the nation’s third-largest chain of movie theaters. The decision broke a month’s-long losing streak for policyholders seeking …

Ohio Supreme and 8th Circuit Mull Whether COVID Can Cause Direct Physical Loss

Two appellate courts took steps this week toward answering a key question that may seal the fate of some 1,500 lawsuits seeking insurance coverage for COVID-19-related business-interruption losses: Does the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or people infected with it …