FCA BI Insurance Test Cases: Case Management Conference Highlights the Challenges Facing the Court and the Parties
A case management conference (CMC) before Mr Justice Butcher was held on 16 June to deal with a number of procedural matters in relation to the future conduct of the Financial Conduct Authority’s COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case.
The Financial Conduct Authority has provided an update on progress regarding its proposed court action to resolve uncertainties about business interruption policies. The update provides an initial list of the representative sample of policy wordings that will be examined in the action. 17 policy wordings have been selected so far, […]
The World Health Organization classified the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and, since that time, the pandemic has caused unprecedented socio-economic disruption across the globe with a profound impact on businesses and civil liberties. In such times of dramatic economic instability, it is natural that companies […]
As shelter-in-place orders begin to ease and businesses reopen, companies should be prepared for a potential wave of lawsuits from customers and employees who may claim to have contracted COVID-19 on their premises. In response, Congress is currently considering legislation to shield companies from liability provided that they follow federal […]
On 15 May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority issued a statement setting out how it is engaging with policyholders and insurance intermediaries on business interruption insurance. The FCA said a large number of BI claims are being made and referred to widespread concern about the response of some insurers. On […]
On 1 May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority, the UK’s conduct regulator for general insurers, published a statement announcing that it intends to take a representative sample of cases to court as soon as possible to resolve contractual uncertainty in business interruption cover for SMEs. The FCA refers to continuing […]
In Niramax Group Ltd v Zurich Insurance Plc  EWHC 535 (Comm), Niramax Group Ltd (“Niramax”) brought a claim against Zurich Insurance plc (“Zurich”) challenging Zurich’s failure to pay out on a claim for fire damage to a recycling facility.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to lead to the closing of many bars, restaurants, movie theaters and other venues, businesses have predictably turned to their insurance policies to cover coronavirus-related losses. In the last month alone, businesses have filed several insurance coverage lawsuits concerning these issues, which may have important […]
California Supreme Court Opens Door to Excess Coverage, Rejecting Requirement of Horizontal Exhaustion
In a landmark decision with significant implications for policyholders and insurers dealing with high exposure, continuous injury claims, the California Supreme Court held in Montrose Chemical Corp. of California v. Superior Court, Case No. S244737, that policyholders may access otherwise available coverage under any excess policy once it has exhausted […]