Attys Say Wash. Judges opened the door to virus coverage

By Greg Lamm (August 26, 2022, 10:06 p.m. EDT) — Despite a unanimous Washington Supreme Court ruling against a pediatric dental practice seeking insurance coverage for COVID-19-related losses, attorneys for policyholders say that the judges had left them a glimmer of hope by creating a potential path for some viral coverage cases to succeed.

Judges found on Thursday that the slowdown in business operations of Hill and Stout PLLC due to government shutdown orders did not constitute a direct physical loss that would qualify for cover under a policy with Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Co.

But attorneys for policyholders told Law360 they nevertheless see a possible roadmap for arguing that the…

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