Business interruption litigation is primed to grow in the fourth quarter and 2021 as business owners continue to sue their insurers for denying pandemic-related claims. Now, attorneys at law firms litigating the claims say their hands are full as they devote more resources to these cases as well as professional liability claims that stem from the pandemic.

“As a strictly defense firm, with our primary source of clients being insurance companies, what we get is dictated by claims that insurance companies are going to get,” said Michael Packer, office managing attorney at Am Law 200 firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin and co-chair of the firm’s insurance services practice group, in an interview. “As these claims progress, we are seeing an uptick, whether it’s a situation where businesses either close temporarily or shut down completely.”

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