NJ Short skeptical of contamination pitch in antivirus suit

By Bill Wichert (September 24, 2021, 8:08 p.m. EDT) – A New Jersey state judge on Friday challenged Highgate Hotels LP’s position that the alleged COVID-19 contamination at its properties across the country constituted physical damage and therefore warranted coverage from a Liberty Mutual unit and other insurers, noting that the airborne virus has damaged the entire world.

In a telephone hearing into insurers’ motions to dismiss the Texas-based hotel company’s lawsuit for coverage related to the coronavirus pandemic under a $ 600 million insurance program, Superior Court Judge Robert C. Wilson appeared skeptical that such contamination represented “” direct physical loss or damage to property “” under the policies.

The judge pushed back after Highgate …

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