4th Cir. Declines to Certify COVID-19 Coverage Questions to Md. High Court

BALTIMORE — The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied a real estate developer’s request to certify COVID-19 coverage questions to the Maryland Supreme Court and declined the developer’s alternate request to expedite its appeal.

In a Sept. 29 motion, Cordish Companies Inc. sought to certify the question of whether the presence of a potentially deadly virus like SARS-CoV-2 in the air or on surfaces at a property constitutes “physical loss or damage” to such property for coverage purposes.

In addition, Cordish wanted the 4th Circuit to certify the question of whether under a policy that excludes certain losses …


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