Virus exclusion dooms Philly Bowling Alley COVID-19 suit

By Elizabeth Daley (August 30, 2022, 6:10 p.m. EDT) – A Pennsylvania state judge has granted an insurer’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by a Philadelphia bowling alley seeking coverage for service interruptions. activity related to COVID-19, noting that the policy insurer contained an “unambiguous” virus exclusion clause.

In his order issued Monday, Judge Leon W. Tucker of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas said he was granting Everest National Insurance Co.’s motion for “one reason only: the exclusion of viruses from the policy.” . He said that although V&S Elmwood Lanes had requested cover under the civil authorities provision of its policy, COVID-19 was inextricably linked to the closure orders.

A virus exclusion in a Philadelphia bowling alley’s insurance policy with Everest National was all that was needed for a Pennsylvanian…

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