Portion of COVID-19 Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

    While the insured failed to demonstrate direct physical loss, Crisis Event coverage was still possible. SJP Investment Partners LLC v. Cincinnati Insurance Company, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162612 (N.D. Ala. Aug. 27, 2021).     The insured owned a hotel in Birmingham. The state’s public health orders limited operations and caused temporarily closures … Read more

Objection to Insurer’s Protective Order Regarding Dismissed Claim Overruled

    The court overruled the objection to the magistrate issuance of a protective order to prevent a deposition related to a dismissed claim. Pulte Home Corp. v. TIG Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159014 (S.D. Calif. Aug 23, 2021).      Plaintiff was the general contractor for two real estate development projects. In … Read more

Insureds Survive Motion to Dismiss Civil Authority Claim

    After suffering business losses due to a hurricane, the insured’s Civil Authority claim survived the insurer’s motion to dismiss. Pathology Lab. v. Mt. Hawley Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145129 (W.D. La. Aug. 3, 2021).      Hurricane Laura devastated Lake Charles, Louisiana causing severe damage to the insured property as well … Read more

Denial of Claim for Data Breach Overturned by Fifth Circuit

    The Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment which held that the insurer had no duty to defend a data breach suit filed against the insured. Landry’s, Inc. v. Ins. Co. of the State of Pennsylvania, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 21688 (5th Cir July 21, 2021).      Landry’s operated … Read more

Pennsylvania Trial Court Denies Insurer’s Motion to Dismiss COVID-19, Business Interruption Claim

    The insured successfully alleged that the presence of virus particles in its gym constituted a loss, allowing it to survive the insurer’s Motion to Dismiss the business interruption claims. Brown’s Gym, Inc. v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-3113 (Pa. Ct. Cm Pl. July 13, 2021).      The insured contended that virus … Read more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of COVID-19, Business Interruption Claim

    In what appears be the first federal appellate decision on COVID-19 business interruption claims, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the insured’s claim based upon closure due to the pandemic. Oral Surgeons, P.C. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 19775 (8th Cir. July 2, 2021).     After … Read more

Civil Authority Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

    The Rhode Island Superior Court denied the insurer’s motion to dismiss a claim under Civil Authority coverage related to closures of business due to COVID-19. Atwells Realty Corp. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 2021 R.I. Super. LEXIS 40 (R.I. Super. Ct. June 4, 2021).      Atwells operated a nightclub. Executive Orders issued in … Read more

Insured’s Claim for Hurricane Damage Survives Summary Judgment

    The insurer’s motion for summary judgment seeking a determination that the insured’s alleged hurricane damage was due to pre-existing loss was rejected by the court. Exhibit Network Int’l v. Union Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114267 (S.D. Texas May 25, 2021).      The insured alleged that wind and rain from Hurricane … Read more

Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Retailer’s COVID-19, Business Interruption Claim

    The insured furniture retailer survived a motion to dismiss its business interruption claim after government orders caused disruption of the insured’s operations due to COVID-19. Susan Spath Hegedus v. Ace Fire Underwriters Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88041 (E.D. Pa. May 7, 2021).     Plaintiff operated two locations in California. Plaintiff … Read more

Motion to Dismiss Beauty Salon’s COVID-19 Claim Denied

    The insured beauty salon’s claim for losses caused by shutdown orders due to COVID-19 survived the insurer’s motion to dismiss based upon a Communicable Disease endorsement. Treo Salon, Inc. v. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88577 (S.D. Ill. May 10, 2021).      The insured’s policy included an endorsement … Read more