Arizona Business Owners May Turn to Litigation if Their Insurer Fails to Honor Their Business Interruption Policy

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 PM ET

Others have after their insurer denied their business interruption claim.

Although many non-essential businesses in Arizona were forced to close temporarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are still expected to meet their monthly financial obligations (i.e. rent, utilities, loan payments, etc.) While many are hoping to receive a loan from the government as a significant portion of the $3 trillion CARE Act set aside money specifically for business owners, many may either not qualify for a loan or won’t be able to obtain enough to keep their business open.

So, what are business owners doing in the meantime to try and keep up with the financial obligations that come with being a business owner?

They are filing business interruption insurance claims. But that doesn’t seem to be providing them with the relief they need. In fact, insurers are denying business interruption claims left and right alleging pandemics are not covered. For some business owners, like Barbara Snowden who is the owner of a wig shop, this was her “last line of defense.” After Snowden learned that her claim had been denied, she was left feeling hopeless. But, rather than accept her insurer’s decision, she decided to fight back against it.

According to the Insurance Journal, Snowden, along with a dozen other business owners including celebrity chefs, Native American casino owners, etc. are suing insurance companies for refusing to honor their policies. Legal experts are predicting that these lawsuits are only the first of what will become “widespread litigation brought by policyholders.” Although many business owners are feeling as though their backs are against the wall and they have no choice but to sue, insurers are claiming that the “money that has been socked away” will be eaten up too quickly.

The American Property Casualty Insurance Association estimated that “potential continuity losses for small businesses could total $220 billion to $383 billion per month,” which would “easily zap the estimated $800 billion surplus that U.S. insurers have” put away [Source: Post-Gazette]. Insurers worry that if they are forced to pay out on some of these claims, they wouldn’t be able to provide relief for other losses.


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