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Undefined Term in Business Insurance Policy Must be Interpreted with Reference to Industry Specific Meaning to Satisfy Insured’s Reasonable Expectations

In an unpublished decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently used extrinsic evidence to interpret the meaning of “direct supplier” in the context of a commercial property loss.1 I previously blogged about this case in 9th Circuit to Interpret Meaning of “Direct Supplier” In Context of a Commercial Property Loss Claim.… Continue Reading

The Importance of Having a Professional Review Your Insurance Policy

A recent federal district court decision in New Jersey once again highlights why policyholders need to review their insurance policies with professional insurance brokers to ensure the insurance obtained satisfies their needs. Often, insurance policies contain “additional” or “optional” coverages that, for a small amount of money, can extend insurance coverage to circumstances that would … Continue Reading

Costs to Repair or Replace Defective Construction Excluded Under Commercial General Liability Policy

Often a homeowner’s damages are not the result of a storm event, but rather the result of defective construction. In such situations, the homeowner will often pursue an action against the general contractor or subcontractor for various claims, such as negligence or breach of implied warranty of habitability. Ultimately, the question becomes whether the contractor … Continue Reading

Business Interruption Claims – Calculating The Period of Restoration

Business interruption coverage provides protection against loss of income when a business suffers property damage from an insured peril (e.g., fire, water loss) that interrupts the operation of the business.1 A typical business interruption policy form provides that the insurer will pay the actual loss of business income the insured sustains during the necessary suspension … Continue Reading

Business Income and Extra Expense – Understanding the Differences

In addition to covering property damage, most first-party commercial insurance policies offer business interruption coverage. Business interruption coverage typically has two different built in coverages: business income and extra expense. Both are intended to assist businesses in the event a covered peril damages business property and impacts business operations.… Continue Reading

Does My Business Have Insurance Coverage for Losses Attributed to the Zika Virus?

As most of you know, there is a spreading concern about the presence of the Zika virus in South Florida. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel warnings pertaining to the regions where the Zika virus has been confirmed. The first CDC travel advisory related to South Florida advised pregnant … Continue Reading

Court Holds Damages Consequential to Subcontractors Faulty Workmanship is an “Occurrence” and “Property Damage” Under Plain Language of Standard Form Commercial General Liability Policy

New Jersey has joined a growing number of jurisdictions in ruling that damages from a subcontractor’s faulty workmanship may trigger coverage under a Developer/General Contractor’s Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) policy. On August 4, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision affirming the Appellate Division’s holding that consequential damages stemming from a subcontractor’s … Continue Reading

9th Circuit to Interpret Meaning of “Direct Supplier” In Context of a Commercial Property Loss Claim

Commercial property insurance policies often include damages sustained by a “direct supplier.” As an example, an insured that sells motorcycles, might rely on a particular motor cycle part supplier to provide parts used in their motorcycles. If the motorcycle part supplier sustains a loss, it could impact the insured’s business.… Continue Reading

Even if Gross Profits Increase after a Loss, Business May Still Have Business Income Loss

When calculating a business income loss, it is important to look at the company as a whole and to look at individual segments of the business. Under a standard loss calculation where the projected “but for” revenues were considered by deducting the revenues from sales of substitute products and applying a profit factor to the … Continue Reading

Commercial Marine Insurance and Depreciation on Engines

When Hurricanes hit, residential and commercial property are commonly considered when you think of the insurance losses. But in coastal states hurricanes can also have a devastating impact on commercial and recreational marine losses. As with residential and commercial property, you need to be sure you review and understand your boat’s insurance policy. It is … Continue Reading

Expenses to Reduce Your Loss are Covered Under Your Business Income Coverage

Business Interruption losses can be complicated, confusing, and for some business the damages are the end of the story. Having the right coverage for your business, your buildings, and the business property can make all the difference for your livelihood if a loss occurs. One additional coverage that is also common to purchase is Extra … Continue Reading

Pair, Set and Match

A public adjuster recently asked me about a hotel that was under a specific brand and the contract to maintain the brand required the rooms and furniture to match. Following a loss, the insurance company has refused to pay for the portions of the physically undamaged property and the policyholder paid millions to match the … Continue Reading

Riot or Civil Commotion Coverage

After the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week, many business owners have been reviewing their commercial property insurance policies because their properties have been damaged or destroyed as a result of rioting, including looting, fire, vandalism, and other associated damage.… Continue Reading

Commercial General Liability Policies – Now Cyber Liability Stands Alone

There are changes occurring to the standard commercial general liability policy that all business owners should know of to make informed decisions when purchasing their insurance policy. The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) now requires, as of May 1, 2014, a new endorsement that excludes data breach liability. This endorsement , entitled “Exclusion-Access or Disclosure … Continue Reading
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