Economy Starts Reopening Amid New Pandemic Projections

Business interruption insurance and liability issues remain
on the front burners as governments begin gradually “reopening the economy” amid scary new
projections
about the pandemic.

Trump
Says Task Force Will Wind Down
(The New York
Times
, May 5, 2020)

Pennsylvania’s
Coronavirus Death Toll More Than Tripled in New Projection
(Lehigh
Valley Live
, May 5, 2020)

Models
Project Sharp Rise in Deaths as States Reopen
(The New York Times,
May 4, 2020)

D.C. Business Interruption Insurance Move on Hold

A measure that would make it
easier for small businesses in Washington, D.C. to claim coronavirus-related damages
under business interruption insurance policies is on hold after six of the 12
D.C. Council members raised concerns about its legality and the costs it could
impose on insurers.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson
struck the language from a broader pandemic emergency bill to allow for more
debate. Councilman Charles
Allen had spearheaded the measure after many small
businesses have seen their insurers deny such claims.

The American Property
Casualty Insurance Association estimates local businesses
could claim losses of hundreds of millions of dollars each month.

“These numbers dwarf the
premiums for all relevant commercial property risks in the key insurance lines
for D.C., which are estimated at $16 million a month,” David Sampson, the
association’s president and CEO, wrote in a statement. “We oppose
constitutionally flawed legislation that retroactively rewrites insurance
contracts and threatens the stability of the sector, to the detriment of all
policyholders.”

Lloyd’s Syndicate Slams ‘Direct Physical Loss’ Claim in COVID Suit (Business Insurance, May 6, 2020)

Coalition Proposes Recovery Fund to Help Businesses During COVID-19 (Property/Casualty 360, May 5, 2020)

A.M. Best: BI Insurers Face ‘Existential Threat’ if Forced to Cover COVID-19 (Best’s Insurance News & Analysis, May 5, 2020)

Utah Governor Signs Bill Shielding Businesses,
Property Owners from Coronavirus-Related Suits
(The Salt Lake Tribune, May 4, 2020)

Managing Risk as Businesses Reopen After COVID-19 (Property/Casualty 360, May 4, 2020)

U.K. Companies to Shun Business Interruption Insurance (Financial Times, May 3, 2020)

Care Homes Seek Shield From Lawsuits

Faced with 20,000 coronavirus
deaths and counting, the nation’s nursing homes are pushing back against a
potential flood of lawsuits with a sweeping lobbying effort to get states to
grant them emergency protection from claims of inadequate care.

The Associated Press reports that
at least 15 states have enacted laws or governors’ orders that explicitly or
apparently provide nursing homes and long-term care facilities some protection
from lawsuits arising from the crisis. And in the case of New York, which leads
the nation in deaths in such facilities, a lobbying group wrote the first draft
of a measure that apparently makes it the only state with specific protection
from both civil lawsuits and criminal prosecution.

Feds Consider Relaxing Infection Control in U.S. Nursing Homes (USA Today, May 5, 2020)

1,700 More Nursing Home Deaths From COVID-19 Now Reported in New York (CNY Central, May 5, 2020)

The Grim Post-COVID-19 Future for Nursing Homes (Forbes, May 4, 2020)

Data Shows Reach of COVID-19 in Illinois Nursing Homes: At Least 286 Deaths (Chicago Tribune, April 19, 2020)

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