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What do “war” exclusions in insurance policies exclude? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued an extensive decision analyzing these exclusions. It concluded that an insurance company could not rely on two “war” exclusions in its policy to deny coverage to its insured for damages the insured suffered after Hamas fired rockets from Gaza into Israel.

The Case

In late June and through July 2014, Hamas fired rockets from Gaza into Israel. Because of these hostilities, Universal Cable Productions, LLC, and Northern Entertainment Productions, LLC (together, “Universal”) moved the production of their television series Dig out of Jerusalem.

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Steven A. Meyerowitz

Steven A. Meyerowitz, a Harvard Law School graduate, is the founder and president of Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. Mr. Meyerowitz is the Director of the Insurance Coverage Law Center and editor-in-chief of journals on insurance law, banking law, bankruptcy law, energy law, government contracting law, and privacy and cybersecurity law, among other subjects. He may be contacted at smeyerowitz@meyerowitzcommunications.com.

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