7th Circ. Policyholders award ‘body blow’ in virus ruling


By Eli Flesch (Dec. 10, 2021, 7:56 p.m. EST) – An Illinois dental office and hotelier are among a group of insureds who are not entitled to coverage for pandemic losses, said the Seventh Circuit in a major decision by what is now the fifth appeals court to side with insurers in a pandemic lawsuit.

Amy Bach, executive director of United Policyholders, called the decisions in favor of the insurance company a blow to the body. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya) A three-judge panel said Thursday that Sandy Point Dental and Bend Hotel Development Co. were unable to show that the presence of the coronavirus caused a physical alteration in their properties, …

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