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Claims Journal: President Trump tells insurers to pay unless there is a pandemic exclusion

Posted by Kenneth Stalter | Apr 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Claims Journal reports that "President Donald Trump on Friday staked out his position in a legal battle over business-interruption claims: Unless the policy excludes pandemics, insurers should pay."

Trump appears to be taking the position that a "virus" exclusion that does not mention "pandemics" is not a reason to deny coverage. The President's position is of course not binding on the insurance companies. Any disputes over coverage will only be resolved as courts around the country make rulings. 

If you have a policy that includes coverages for business interruption or action by civil authorities, you may be entitled to make a claim related to the current crisis. Do not take any denials at face value. If the insurance company refuses to pay, review your policy with an insurance attorney. 

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Kenneth Stalter

Ken Stalter graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2008. Before founding Stalter Law LLC, he was General Counsel to the New Mexico Attorney General. A former prosecutor and appellate attorney, he has experience with all levels of the New Mexico court system. His clients include New Mexi...


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