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SHOW-ME THE MONEY –  Earlier this week, in our Law.com Trendspotter column we looked at how business interruption litigation against insurers, while white-hot right now in terms of the amount being filed, has so far been met with a healthy dose of skepticism by judges and practitioners alike. But we also mentioned a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri that handed plaintiffs attorneys a much-needed, if preliminary, win. The court, rejecting a motion to dismiss, ruled that a group of hair salons and restaurants could sue their insurer for business interruption losses caused by the pandemic, which they say resulted in a “direct physical loss” to their premises. Katheryn Tucker checked in with trial lawyers about why the ruling out of the Show-Me State has “energized” the national plaintiffs bar and how it could potentially help in similar cases around the country.

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