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Casinos Roll The Dice On Coverage Dispute

March 25, 2020

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<p style="text-align: justify;">The Corona Virus has undoubtedly taken its toll on the economy and has caused several businesses to temporarily shut their doors. As such, these businesses are trying to get insurance coverage under their business interruption policies, but they are finding this to be difficult.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">In Oklahoma, several casinos have sued insurance companies for declining coverage under their business interruption policies. These casinos have alleged that they cannot use their business for its intended purpose – a dilemma similar to several businesses across the country.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The issue that the casinos have come to find out is that almost all of these polices exclude coverage for pandemics (although some policies have ambiguous language) and require physical damage to your place of business. Typically, physical damage would be similar to that of Superstorm Sandy.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">In any event, we expect a significant amount of litigation over whether these policy holders will receive coverage as a result of the Corona Virus, and how the courts interpret “physical damage.”</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Thanks to Corey Morgenstern on his contribution to this post.  Please email <a href="">Georgia Coats</a> with any questions.</p>

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