The COVID-19 pandemic hit the hospitality industry hard, and hotels and restaurants continue to grapple with their claims for insurance coverage. In an interview with Law360, Partner Peter A. Halprin said insurance companies have responded to the barrage of claims by denying them across the board. According to Halprin, insurers have essentially said, “If you want money, you’re going to have to sue us.”

Halprin noted that to date, “Policyholders have fared better in state court than in federal court,” with insurers successfully defeating many federal lawsuits via early motion practice. He cautioned, however, that “a reading of pre-pandemic insurance law by state appellate courts interpreting their own pre-pandemic insurance case law should be more favorable to policyholders, especially as these cases filter up to high court rulings in various states.”

Read the full Law360 interview here (subscription required).