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Insurers Winning Most, But Not All, Covid-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits

In the multibillion-dollar fight over insurance coverage for pandemic-related business losses, a Florida gynecologist succeeded where more than a dozen professional baseball teams and an iconic Hollywood restaurant failed. Since Covid-19 sparked government-ordered shutdowns in March, judges have dismissed more …

P/C Insurers Face Workforce, Risk, Policy Challenges as Pandemic Continues

Given that business-as-usual is unlikely to return soon due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. property/casualty insurers will continue to face challenges related to virus-related insurance losses and premium volume declines in 2021, according to Fitch Ratings. The operational and risk …

What 3Q Catastrophe Losses Mean for U.S. P/C Results

Driven by an elevated frequency of events during the quarter, third quarter natural catastrophe losses for the U.S. property/casualty insurance industry will be the largest since the third quarter of 2017, according to Fitch Ratings. Fitch said the (re)insurers it …

U.S. Pension Funds Sue Allianz After $4 Billion in Coronavirus Losses

Pension funds for truckers, teachers and subway workers have lodged lawsuits in the United States against Germany’s Allianz, one of the world’s top asset managers, for failing to safeguard their investments during the coronavirus market meltdown. Market panic around the …

Major UK Ruling on Business Insurance for COVID-19 Claims Expected Tuesday

Insurers battered by coronavirus are about to find out how much worse the damage could get. A London court is set to rule Tuesday in a case involving about 370,000 policyholders, companies including Zurich Insurance Group AG and Hiscox Ltd. …

Munich Re Expects Beirut Losses of €100 Million; Sees Slowdown in COVID-19 Losses

Munich Re said it faces claims of at least 100 million euros ($118 million) stemming from the deadly explosion that ravaged much of downtown Beirut last month. The German reinsurer said losses in the “low three-digit-million euro range” are expected, …

Pricing Is Only Bright Spot in ‘Anemic’ Earnings Picture for Reinsurers: Moody’s

Even though investment returns rebounded from first-quarter levels during the second quarter of 2020, claims from COVID-19 created an “anemic earnings” picture for global reinsurers, Moody’s Investor Services says. In a new report on half-year earnings for the sector published …

Natural Catastrophe Claims Cost Insurers More Than Coronavirus in First Half: Fitch

COVID-19-related claims were not the biggest driver of the North American property/casualty insurance industry’s overall combined ratio during the first six months of 2020. Natural catastrophes cost insurers more, Fitch Ratings concluded in its latest report. Pandemic-related claims increased the …

Ralph Lauren Suit Alleges Fraud by Insurer Refusing to Cover Coronavirus Losses

Fashion firm Ralph Lauren Corp. is suing its insurer to recoup what it says has been a huge drop of two-thirds of its revenues in the first quarter alone due to the pandemic. Ralph Lauren Corp. (RLC) maintains that Factory …

CNA Reports Q2 Profit Despite COVID-19, Weather, Civil Unrest Losses

CNA Financial Corp. saw its 2020 second quarter net income sliced almost by half compared to the previous year due to “considerable catastrophe losses” from COVID-19, civil unrest and weather-related events. The Chicago-based commercial property/casualty insurer booked $151 million in …