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Amy’s Kitchen: A step in the right direction

On October 4, the California First Appellate District in Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, 2022 Cal. App. LEXIS 836, reversed a trial court’s order granting the insurer’s demurrer in a COVID-19 property damage claim, and remanded to allow the policyholder to amend its allegations of loss under a communicable disease coverage extension.  … Continue Reading

Music to my ears: Coverage considerations for musical instrument insurance (Part II of II)

Part II: exclusions, considerations, filing a claim, and tips This is the second part of a two-part blog series titled, “Music to my ears: Insurance coverage for musical instruments”. Part I covers policy options. Professional and amateur musicians alike can purchase insurance to cover their instruments. Musical instrument policies are subject to exclusions and requirements, … Continue Reading

Music to my ears: Coverage considerations for musical instrument insurance (Part I of II)

Part I: Policy options This is the first part of a two-part blog series titled, “Music to my ears: Insurance coverage for musical instruments”. Part II covers exclusions, considerations, filing a claim, and tips. Musical instruments can cost significant sums running from a few hundred or thousand dollars to a million dollars or more. And … Continue Reading

Consistency not a concern for insurers fighting COVID-19 business loss claims, but policyholders can take advantage of divergent coverage positions

Under standard property policies, insurers are broadly claiming that the pollution exclusion applies to bar coverage for losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the insurer in Essentia Health v. ACE American Insurance Company, which involved a Premises Pollution Liability Portfolio Insurance Policy, made the precise opposite argument. Essentia alleged that COVID-19 was a covered … Continue Reading
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