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Judge Stephen Bough, for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri has issued his second ruling in favor of policyholders with business interruption claims related to COVID-19, denying Owners Insurance Co.’s motion to dismiss a suit brought by a dental practice group that sought coverage for income lost due to mandatory COVID-19 lockdowns. The case is Blue Springs Dental Care LLC et al v. Owners Insurance Co. No. 20-CV-00383-SRB, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172639 (W.D. Mo. Sep. 21, 2020).

The case at hand presented similar facts to most other business interruption class action cases that have been filed since the beginning of the pandemic. The plaintiffs, four dental care clinics in Kansas City, argued that government-ordered closings imposed early in 2020 that were meant to stem the spread of COVID-19, constituted a direct physical loss under the terms of the policies, and thus triggered business interruption coverage. The dental clinic policyholders argued that the presence of the virus on or around the offices caused damage to their properties.

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