SARS-Cov-2 News

La. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Rare Policyholder Victory in COVID Claim

The Louisiana Supreme Court has agreed to review an appellate court decision that found the COVID virus caused a direct physical loss that was covered by insurance. The Louisiana high court announced Tuesday that it will take up an appeal …

Vermont High Court: COVID Virus, Like Cat Urine, Can Cause Physical Loss

Citing decisions that found insurance coverage was owed for contamination caused by cat urine and gasoline vapors, the Vermont Supreme Court broke from courts across the nation and found that SARS-CoV-2 can cause a direct physical loss to property. The …

S.C. Joins 3 Other State Supreme Courts, Rules No Coverage for COVID-19 Shutdown

The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday became the fourth state high court in the nation to rule that the virus that causes COVID-19 cannot cause a direct physical damage or loss covered by a commercial property insurance policy. The …

Iowa Issues 2nd State Supreme Court Ruling Finding No Coverage for COVID Income Loss

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ruled in two separate decisions that COVID-19 did not cause a physical loss or damage that would allow a private golf club or a restaurant and bar to recoup income lost during COVID-19 shutdown …

Mass. Finds Virus Caused No Physical Loss, the 1st State High Court to Rule

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in the first state high court ruling on the question, has sided with an insurer and an insurance agency in finding that the COVID-19 losses claimed by three restaurants were not “direct physical loss of …

Attorneys Say Win in N.C. COVID-19 Business-Interruption Suit May Signal Shift

Since the pandemic began, most of the COVID-19-related business interruption disputes have not gone in favor of the policyholders, especially in federal court. More than 90% of motions to dismiss in federal lawsuits, in fact, have been upheld in cases …

6th Circuit Joins 8th and 11th in Rejecting COVID-Related Business Interruption Claim

A third federal appellate court has ruled against a policyholder seeking business-interruption coverage for income lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. A panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published decision released Wednesday, affirmed a district court …

Wisconsin’s Mink Farming Industry Now Seen at Risk of COVID

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first sign of trouble was that the mink stopped eating, said Hugh Hildebrandt, one of two main mink vets in Wisconsin. Next came coughing and sneezing, lethargy and labored breathing. Hildebrandt had worked with mink …

Lonza Expects Approval ‘Very Soon’ to Make Covid-Killing Claims for Disinfectant

Lonza Group AG is in the “last step” of discussions with U.S. regulators for approval to claim that its formulation is effective in killing the novel Coronavirus on surfaces, an executive at the pharmaceutical and chemical giant told Reuters. Earlier …

Claims Pros Can Help Business Clients Proactively Mitigate COVID-19 Risk

Businesses across the country have been forced to temporarily close or adjust operations in compliance with stay-at-home orders and social distancing regulations as government leaders strive to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Some industries have been impacted more than others, …