One Day, Two Different Decisions: Mississippi and Texas Federal Courts Issue Opinions in COVID-19 Insurance CasesConfirming the growing split of decisions among federal courts addressing COVID-19 insurance issues, two district courts in the Fifth Circuit differed in their interpretation of virus exclusions, with one denying coverage and the other permitting the policyholder’s claim to proceed.

On November 4, a Mississippi federal district court dismissed a restaurant’s complaint for business interruption

Check Your Commercial Property Policy for Potential Coverage for COVID-19If your organization sustains COVID-19 losses, carefully examine your commercial property insurance policy for coverage. Although your insurer may deny coverage by claiming that your policy requires physical loss or property damage, do not accept that assertion. Adhesion or attachment of the coronavirus onto an insured’s property may constitute “direct physical loss” and trigger coverage

The “Physical Loss” Requirement for Business Interruption Claims Amid the CoronavirusThe massive economic disruption caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic raises questions about insurance coverage for business interruption losses from communicable disease. Does viral contamination constitute the “physical loss” required to trigger this type of coverage? Although courts have not yet provided guidance specific to COVID-19, past rulings suggest that coronavirus contamination may constitute physical