California Court of Appeal Shoots Down COVID-19 Business Interruption Claim

    The California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the insured’s business interruption claim based upon COVID-19 government shutdown orders. The Inns by the Sea v. California Mut. Ins. Co., 2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 956 (Calif. Ct. App. Nov. 15, 2021). The Inns is the first state appellate court decision in the … Read more

Insurer’s Motion to Dismiss Business Interruption, COVID-19 Claims Under Pollution Policy Fails

    The insurer was unsuccessful in seeking to dismiss business interruption claims due to COVID-19 under a pollution policy. New York Botanical Garden v. Allied World Assur., 2021 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 6012 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Oct.15, 2021).     The insured was forced to cease operation after executive orders by the governor and mayor … Read more

Insurer’s Motion to Dismiss COVID-19 Business Interruption Claim Denied

    Determining that government shutdown orders during the pandemic were a physical cause of loss and finding the virus exclusion ambiguous, the court denied the insurer’s motion to dismiss. Risinger Holdings v. Sentinel Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192474 (D. E.D. Texas Sept. 30, 2021).     Risinger owed several orthodontic practices. It held a policy issued … Read more

Insurer’s Motion to Dismiss COVID-19 Business Interruption Claim Denied

    Determining that government shutdown orders during the pandemic were a physical cause of loss and finding the virus exclusion ambiguous, the court denied the insurer’s motion to dismiss. Risinger Holdings v. Sentinel Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192474 (D. E.D. Texas Sept. 30, 2021).     Risinger owed several orthodontic practices. It held a policy issued … Read more

No Interlocutory Appeal of Denial of Motion to Dismiss Business Interruption Claims

    After denying Society Insurance’s motions to dismiss business interruption claims, the court rejected Society’s motion to certify the order for an interlocutory appeal under 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1292 (b). In re Soc’y Ins. Co. COVID-19 Bus. Interruption Protection Insurance Litigation, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111217 (N.D. Ill. June 15, 2021).     Plaintiffs … Read more

Insurer’s Motion to Strike Class Action Allegations in Business Interruption Action Denied

    The court denied the insurer’s motion to strike class action allegations in the insureds’ complaint seeking to establish business interruption claims under the insurer’s policy. Legacy Gymnastics, LLC v. Arch Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108242 (W.D. Mo. June 9, 2021).      In its putative class action, Legacy alleged that Arch denied … 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

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

Claim for Business Interruption Based on Government Orders Precluding Use of Property Survives Motion to Dismiss

    The court found that the insured hair salon and barbershop plausibly alleged an entitlement to coverage for lost business income when the government orders restricted use of the property as intended. Seifert v. IMT Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103420 (D. Minn. June 2, 2021).      Plaintiff’s business was ordered to … Read more