Allegations that COVID-19 Virus Lives on Surfaces Adequately Alleges Direct Physical Loss or Damage

September 18, 2022
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

The California Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's granting of the insurer's demurrer and found the insured adequately pled a claim of direct physical loss or damage due to the presence of COVID-19. Mariana Pacific Hotel & Suites, LLC v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., 2022 Cal. App. LEXIS 608 (Cal. Ct. App. July 13, 2022).

Fireman's Fund issued a general property policy to the Hotel which provided coverage for direct physical loss or damage to the insured property. Business interruption coverage was extended for the actual loss of business income due to the necessary suspension of operations during the period of restoration arising from direct physical loss or damage to covered property.

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