Drew Eckl Farnham
COVID-19 Legal Updates

Interactive Map: First Party COVID-19 Cases In the U.S.

December 18, 2020 BY Posted by: Administration | First Party Insurance Matters

Our firm has launched an Interactive Map for First Party COVID-19 cases throughout the U.S. The map documents the location of the courts who have issued opinions on COVID-19 first party property cases with weekly updates from Partner Karen Karabinos. ... Continue Reading

NEW COVID-19 RULING: TWO ADDITIONAL COURTS DENY INSURERS' MOTIONS TO DISMISS

September 28, 2020 BY Anonymous | First Party Insurance Matters

In the last week, two federal district courts have denied insurers' motion to dismiss COVID-19 related lawsuits filed by insureds. The first court applied its previous definition of what constitutes a "physical loss" to hold the insureds stated a claim for relief while the other court found there was no binding state law case interpreting the policy's Virus Exclusion allowing it to make a coverage decision on a motion to dismiss. ... Continue Reading

COURT ISSUES FIRST RULING IN A COVID-19 RELATED FIRST PARTY PROPERTY CLAIM

July 02, 2020 BY Anonymous | First Party Insurance Matters

On July 1, 2020, Michigan Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk issued what it appears to be to be the first U.S. court decision in an insured's first party property lawsuit against an insurance carrier seeking business interruption coverage as a result of a governor's shelter-in-place order. See Gavrilides Management Company v. Michigan Insurance Company. The insurer filed a motion for summary disposition asking the Michigan Court to rule as a matter of law that its policy did not provide coverage for business interruption losses caused by COVID-19 shelter-in-place order. Judge Draganchuk agreed with the insurer. The hearing on the motion is posted on You Tube. ... Continue Reading

COVERAGE ISSUES RELATED TO REMOTE ACCESS BREACHES- Part Three: What Damages Are Not Covered?

June 22, 2020 BY Anonymous | First Party Insurance Matters

This article is the third of several articles addressing the various cyber insurance coverage issues that might arise in connection with a claim relating to data/security breaches. The focus of this article explores the types of damages that are not covered under the typical cyber insurance policy when there is a covered data/security breach. ... Continue Reading

Coverage Issues Related To Remote Access Breaches - Part Two: What Damages Are Covered?

June 15, 2020 BY Anonymous | First Party Insurance Matters

This article is the second of several articles addressing various cyber insurance issues that may arise in connection with a company's claim relating to data breaches. The focus of this article explores the type of damages covered under the typical cyber insurance policy when there is a covered data breach. ... Continue Reading

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