Insurers beat COVID lawsuits in NJ over virus exclusions

By Bill Wichert (September 22, 2021, 4:18 p.m. EDT) – Two New Jersey federal judges in separate lawsuits have found virus exclusions from insurance policies preventing policyholders from covering losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, handing victories to units of Travelers and The Hartford.

U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp on Wednesday cited exclusion in dismissing the steel companies ‘lawsuit against Travelers’ Charter Oak Fire Insurance Co., a day after U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman pointed out a similar exclusion by initiating a dental practice lawsuit against Hartford’s Sentinel Insurance Co. Ltd.

The rulings add to insurers’ record of wins in the New Jersey federal cases where justices said …

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