COVID-19 Insurance Suits: Insurance Coverage Issues Raised by Coronavirus Losses


CLE credits earned: 1 GENERAL (or 1 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This course will analyze insurance coverage issues raised by COVID-19 losses under common property policies, including coverage cases policyholders have already filed against their insurers.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   What Property Policies Cover
•   The Threshold Issue: The Requirement for “Direct Physical Loss or Damage” to Covered Property
•   Civil Authority Coverage for COVID-19 Losses
•   Insurer Defenses to COVID-19 Claims

Date / Time: May 13, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: April 14, 2020

Tae Andrews, Esq. is an attorney at Miller Friel, PLLC, a boutique law firm that specializes in insurance recovery and exclusively represents policyholders. He litigates complex insurance disputes in both state and federal courts, and has represented a wide range of corporate policyholders in multiple industries, including retail clothing, tax, food and beverage, technology, banking, and project finance. Mr. Andrews’ practice focuses on advising corporate policyholders on insurance coverage issues arising under commercial general liability, directors and officers, professional liability/errors and omissions, excess, umbrella, and others.

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Section I. The fundamentals of what a property insurance policy covers

Section II. The policyholder and insurer’s respective burdens in terms of establishing coverage and the application of any potential exclusions

Section III. The threshold issue of whether coronavirus losses constitute “direct physical loss of or damage to” covered property

Section IV. Nationwide case law holding that the presence of harmful substances that render property uninhabitable or unusable constitutes “direct physical loss or damage to” covered property, and tangible or structural damage is not required

Section V. Potential civil authority coverage for COVID-19 losses, as well as why several common policy exclusions should not apply

Section VI. The realities of the insurance industry’s claims-handling process and the need for policyholders to seek unbiased advice regarding potential coverage under their policies for coronavirus-related claims