Coverage litigation and insurability of business interruptions related to COVID

DATE: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VENUE: 150 Liberty Way, Dover, NH 03820

ORGANIZER: New Hampshire CPCU Society Chapter

Please join us and two special guests, one often serving as policyholder counsel, and one serving as coverage counsel for insurers, who will facilitate a discussion around the implications of COVID as it pertains to business interruptions and insurability of losses.  Representing the perspective of policyholders, Marshall Gilinsky, attorney and shareholder with Anderson Kill, will lend his insight. On the side of insurers, Tamara Smith Holtslag, a partner at Peabody Arnold, will share her views.

As attendees know, when business interruption claims flowed in from COVID, insurance companies largely responded with  denials of coverage under the policies; and many of those denials spurred coverage litigation across the nation. Some insurance industry leaders were vocal in expressing their views that business interruption losses, allegedly caused by the virus, were not covered. In contrast, certain of these losses from SARS-CoV-1 in Asia had been covered. 

This session will provide an update on how coverage litigation over COVID business interruption claims has played out over the past two years, where things now stand, and what to expect looking ahead, including the new wave of policies being issued with a virus exclusion.

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