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N.C. Judge First to Favor Policyholders in COVID-19 Closure Lawsuit

A judge in Durham County, North Carolina has handed down what may be the nation’s first dispositive ruling in favor of policyholders in a COVID-19 business-interruption lawsuit. Superior Court Judge Orlando F. Hudson Jr. ruled on Oct. 7 that closure …

Business Owners Can Sue Insurer Over Coronavirus Losses, Missouri Judge Rules

A federal judge in Missouri said on Wednesday a group of hair salons and restaurants can sue their insurance carrier for business interruption losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which they say caused a “direct physical loss” to their premises. …

Pandemic-Proofing: Insurance May Never Be the Same Again

Insurers are creating products for a world where virus outbreaks could become the new normal after many businesses were left out in the cold during the COVID-19 crisis. While new pandemic-proof policies might not be cheap, they offer businesses from …

Michigan Judge Rejects Restaurants’ COVID-19 Business Interruption Claim

A trial court judge in Lansing, Michigan handed a victory to insurers in what may be the nation’s first final ruling on the question of whether a property insurer is liable for financial damages caused by a coronavirus closure order. …

As S.C. Hospitality Industry Grows, So Do New Coronavirus Numbers

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s hard-hit hospitality industry in May clawed back some of the jobs lost amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as businesses across the state continue to reopen — and new COVID-19 case numbers continue to soar. On …

French Court Orders Insurer AXA to Pay Restaurant’s COVID-19 Losses

PARIS — A Paris commercial court ruled that insurer AXA must pay a restaurant owner two months’ worth of coronavirus-related revenue losses, the restaurateur’s lawyer said on Friday, possibly opening the door to a wave of similar litigation. AXA said …

Number of Federal COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits at 101 and Rising

A federal court has received notice that 101 lawsuits have been filed as of Wednesday seeking coverage from insurers for business interruption losses caused by COVID-19. Plaintiffs attorneys say they expect the number to rise into the thousands. “Ultimately, I …

Republicans Push For Coronavirus Lawsuit Immunity For Business

The top Republicans in the U.S. Congress displayed a united front on Friday in their drive for coronavirus-related liability protections for businesses, saying such measures will be crucial to talks about future relief legislation. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and …

Insurers Feel the Heat as Chefs, Trump Join Calls for Payouts

LONDON/NEW YORK — Daniel Duckett, owner of the Lazy Claire patisserie in Belfast, was hoping for an insurance payout of up to 100,000 pounds ($123,460.00) to cover losses during the coronavirus lockdown. Now he fears for the future as he …

Main Street Wig Shop Among New Litigants in COVID Claims Battle

As coronavirus spreads across the country, litigation against insurers for denying claims caused by the pandemic is spreading along with it. A group of Chicago businesses and a Houston-area wig store are the latest litigants to press business-interruption claims against …