Wisconsin court docket guidelines in opposition to eating places on COVID-19 insurance coverage claims

Bars and eating places that counted on enterprise insurance coverage to assist cowl main losses from 2020 COVID-19 shutdowns are out of luck, the Wisconsin Supreme Courtroom has discovered.

To the layperson, the pressured closures as a result of pandemic would appear to satisfy the definition of a “enterprise interruption” beneath insurance policies that cowl it, however the excessive court docket agreed with an insurance coverage firm that solely interruptions from bodily harm set off protection. It additionally rejected a declare COVID contaminated a enterprise’ property, which might have led to protection beneath one other provision.

Wednesday’s unanimous determination reversed a Milwaukee choose’s ruling {that a} lawsuit by 17 companies in opposition to Society Insurance coverage might proceed. Colectivo Espresso Roasters was the lead plaintiff. Society mentioned the case ought to be dismissed as a result of its coverage didn’t cowl the COVID-related losses.


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