The Louisiana Court of Appeals found that coverage exists for loss or damage caused by “direct physical loss of or damage to” the insured premises as a result of contamination by COVID-19.1 I have previously discussed the case following the trial in Chip At @2 Will Be At 2:30 With Update on New Orleans Oceana COVID Trial Won By the Insurer, and attached briefs and various depositions. John Houghtaling and other attorneys representing the policyholder deserve a big shout-out for bringing home a win. It was not easy.
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Don Malecki was an insurance coverage guru. He wrote many treatises regarding insurance coverage. He was respected and a much sought-after insurance coverage expert. Malecki wrote an article in an insurance agent publication, Rough Notes, entitled, Troubled Terminology: “Risks of Direct Physical Loss” Wording Is Currently Read Broadly By Courts.1 He noted that most policyholders do not understand the basic meaning of “risks of direct physical loss”:

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