MIAMI — A Florida judge on April 6 issued a final bar order approving an $83 million allocation settlement agreement in a consolidated putative class case over the June 2021 partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Building (CTS) in Surfside, Fla.
WINCHESTER, Tenn. — A federal judge in Tennessee on April 14 entered a judgment in favor of a homeowners insurer in a lawsuit arising from tornado property damage after a jury found that the insureds have failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the insurer committed breach of contract.
NEW YORK — The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 14 issued a mandate indicating that parties stipulated to withdrawing a dental insured’s appeal of a Connecticut federal judge’s dismissal of its amended complaint seeking coverage for its losses arising from the coronavirus and subsequent shutdown orders.
MCALLEN, Texas — A Texas federal judge on April 7 dismissed an insured homeowner’s claims for bad faith, fraud and violations of the Texas Insurance Code after determining that the insured failed to allege facts in support of the claims arising out of a dispute over coverage for damages sustained during Hurricane Hanna.
RICHMOND, Va. — The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 14 affirmed a lower federal court’s order that granted an insurer’s motion to strike an insured’s citation of supplemental authority and motion to dismiss the insured’s breach of contract lawsuit arising fom the coronavirus pandemic, finding no reversible error.
DETROIT — A federal judge in Michigan on April 12 granted a commercial property insurer’s motion for summary judgment in a dispute over a policy’s communicable disease coverage, finding that a hair salon insured failed to demonstrate that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-20 due to a COVID-19 outbreak specifically at its premises.
NEW YORK — The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 8 affirmed a lower federal court’s dismissal of an insured’s breach of contract lawsuit seeking coverage for its alleged business losses arising from the coronavirus pandemic, finding the insured asserts nothing more than the losses it incurred as a result of restrictions on the use of its business premises.
NEW YORK — A New York appeals panel on April 7 held that the owner and operator of numerous restaurants fails to assert “any tangible, ascertainable damage, change or alteration to the property so as to plausibly state a claim the damage was ‘physical,’” affirming a lower court’s dismissal of its commercial property coverage lawsuit arising from its tens of millions of dollars in revenue loss prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
ST. LOUIS — The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 5 affirmed a lower federal court’s dismissal of a Missouri synagogue’s breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit seeking coverage for its lost business income arising from the coronavirus pandemic, finding that its precedent in Oral Surgeons, PC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co. forecloses the insured’s argument that its closure constituted a direct physical loss of property.
NEW ORLEANS — Insureds on April 5 petitioned for the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for a panel rehearing or a stay of a mandate related to the court’s March 22 grant of a business owners insurer’s motion or judgment on the pleadings in their lawsuit seeking coverage for their alleged losses prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that a Louisiana appeals court’s forthcoming ruling in Cajun Conti, LLC, et al v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, et al., will provide better guidance in interpreting their policy language.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California federal judge on April 4 dismissed without leave to amend a retail chain’s claims against its insurer including for violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) by denying its claims for coronavirus shutdown-related damages, finding that the business didn’t suffer physical damages and that the policy’s exceptions included damage caused by fungus, rot “or virus.”
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut judge on April 4 granted insurers’ cross-motion for summary judgment in restaurant and clothing operator insureds’ lawsuit seeking business income and civil authority coverage for their alleged losses arising from the coronavirus pandemic, rejecting the insureds’ contention that the virus exclusion’s omission of the word “pandemic” renders it inapplicable.
BALTIMORE—A federal judge in Maryland on March 28 granted commercial general liability insurers’ request to stay their lawsuit disputing coverage for underlying actions brought against their engineering firm insured by victims of the June 24 partial collapse of a Surfside, Fla., condominium high-rise.
JACKSON, Miss. — After denying an insurer’s motion to exclude an expert witness in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a church that alleges that the insurer wrongly denied its claim for storm damage, a Mississippi federal judge on March 25 also denied its motion for summary judgment but awarded partial summary judgment on a bad faith claim, finding that the insurer had an “arguable reason to deny coverage.”
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A dental insured on March 29 filed a notice indicating that it was appealing to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals a Connecticut federal judge’s dismissal of its amended complaint seeking coverage for its losses arising from the coronavirus and subsequent shutdown orders.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas federal judge on March 31 denied a property insurer’s motion for summary judgment on an insured’s bad faith claim in a dispute over coverage for hurricane damages after determining that a genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether the insurer handled the insured’s claim in a reasonable manner.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island justice on March 29 granted a commercial property insurer’s motion for summary judgment in an insured’s breach of contract lawsuit seeking coverage for its losses arising from the coronavirus pandemic, finding that the presence of employees at insured locations who either tested positive for or were suspected to have the coronavirus does not establish that the insured suffered “physical loss or damage” to its locations as a matter of law.
NEW YORK — A New York justice on March 31 granted an insurer’s motion to dismiss a restaurant owner’s declaratory judgment, breach of contract and unjust enrichment counterclaims in the insurer’s lawsuit disputing coverage for the insured’s alleged losses arising from the coronavirus pandemic, further dismissing all but one of the insured’s affirmative defenses.
ELGIN, Ill. — Reversing and remanding a lower court’s order granting class certification, an Illinois appeals panel on March 30 held that a restaurant failed to allege a valid claim for contamination coverage under its commercial property insurance policy and, therefore, its declaratory judgment and bad faith lawsuit arising from the coronavirus pandemic may not proceed as a class action.
CHICAGO — An Illinois appeals panel on March 30 affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the owner and operator of medical imaging clinics’ declaratory judgment and bad faith coverage lawsuit arising from the coronavirus pandemic, finding that the insured failed to allege a physical alteration of its property that would trigger business income and extra expense coverage under its insurance policy.