Insurers on Hook for Pandemic Losses after NSW Supreme Court Ruling

Thousands of businesses affected by COVID-19 may be entitled to insurance payments under business interruption policies after the NSW Supreme Court of Appeal found pandemic exclusions were not valid.

The test case was brought by the Insurance Council of Australia to determine if pandemic exclusions that referenced the Quarantine Act, that was replaced by the Biosecurity Act in 2015, could be used to reject claims.

Many business interruption policies, including those provided by Suncorp, IAG and QBE, reference the expired Quarantine Act, but relied on the argument that “quarantinable diseases” exclusions were relevant for the pandemic. Read more…..


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