8th Cir. Rules ‘Mere Loss of Use’ Does Not Trigger COVID-19 Coverage
July 6, 2021
ST. LOUIS — A federal appellate panel has upheld dismissal of an oral surgery center’s COVID-19 coverage action against The Cincinnati Insurance Co., agreeing with the lower court that it did not sustain direct loss or physical damage to covered property.
In a July 2 opinion, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held that the pandemic and related government-imposed restrictions did not require Oral Surgeons P.C. to “repair, rebuild or replace” its property; therefore, coverage under the policy was not triggered. The panel said “mere loss of use” is not synonymous with “physical loss or damage.”
In March …