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How the UK pandemic business interruption test case could play out

August 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will likely learn next month the outcome of a business interruption coverage test case arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the verdict is likely to be appealed, a Bermuda insurance CEO suggests. The British Financial Conduct Authority filed

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Opinion: It’s on us as brokers to explain BI to clients

August 6, 2020 by Nick Novinger, Regional Manager (Quebec), Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc.

Business interruption has become a touchy and even confusing topic for some of our clients, but it’s on us as brokers to ensure they properly understand the scope of its coverage. Business interruption will continue to be an important coverage

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Why Intact is “very confident” about defending pandemic-related BI claims

July 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Two recent American court rulings in favour of insurers in COVID-related business interruption coverage disputes arose from policy wordings nearly identical to the vast majority of Intact Insurance’s BI policies, officials with Canada’s largest P&C insurer said Wednesday. “The language

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Hotels sue Aviva Canada for $150 million in proposed BI class action

July 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

Lerners LLP has filed a proposed $150-million class-action lawsuit against Aviva Canada on behalf of hotels across the country, claiming that the hotels are entitled to coverage for loss of business income relating to COVID-19. “We know these are challenging

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Hub’s rationale for advising clients to file BI claims

July 24, 2020 by Adam Malik

Hub International is advising clients to submit claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if there isn’t a physical damage loss. Business interruption has been the most-inquired-about coverage area over the last few months, noted Scott Fouts, vice president of

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Facing a perfect storm of events, insurers brace for a ‘turbulent future’

July 21, 2020 by Adam Malik

With natural catastrophes starting to hit, the economy in rough shape, and the courts poised to weigh in on potential business interruption exposures, insurance companies are buckling in for a rough ride ahead, a recent report warns. Natural catastrophe (NatCat)

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Why Intact is named in lawsuit over COVID business interruption coverage

July 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

More than a dozen Canadian property & casualty insurers, including the largest in the nation, are named in a new proposed class-action lawsuit over business interruption coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The notice of action was filed July 6 with

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Why Swiss Re expects a bounceback of P&C premiums in 2021

July 9, 2020 by David Gambrill

Facing a global recession thought to be the deepest since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the global P&C insurance industry can expect premiums to contract by 0.1% in 2020, before rebounding alongside the economy in 2021, a new Swiss

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The Aviva contagious disease policy wording at issue in class action BI coverage dispute

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The question of whether non-essential businesses that closed during the pandemic are entitled to claim insurance – specifically, for cover arising as a direct result of an outbreak of contagious or infectious disease within 25 kilometres that is required by

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Lloyd’s proposes “open source” frameworks for future pandemic coverage

July 6, 2020 by David Gambrill

Lloyd’s of London is proposing three “open-source frameworks” to provide a blueprint for better protecting society against systemic catastrophic events such as pandemics, after noting the market will pay out between $3 billion and $4.3 billion to its global customers

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Opinion: Here’s how to set up future BI pandemic coverage

June 12, 2020 by Mary Kelly and Anne Kleffner

If the property and casualty insurance industry wants to avoid future entanglements around business interruption insurance, as seen during the coronavirus pandemic, then a robust public-private partnership (P3) might provide a solution. COVID-19 has highlighted the issue of how to

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When courts might rule against insurers in business interruption coverage disputes

June 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A commercial insurer could end up paying for losses that the carrier never intended to cover if a business interruption insurance policy covers government orders or advice to shut down a workplace without clearly excluding something like a widespread pandemic,