Instant Insights / The coronavirus and its impact

The coronavirus has upended lives and businesses around the globe. From business interruption and supply chain disruption to event and travel cancellations, we are only just seeing the beginning stages of COVID-19's impact. These articles provide valuable insights on insurance coverage, preparation tips and more to help individuals and businesses reduce exposures as the virus spreads.


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Claim Denied stamp A restaurant owner is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to rule on whether Erie Insurance must provide coverage for business disruption caused by the COVID-19 shutdown. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

A Pittsburgh restaurant that has been closed as a result of the COVID-19-related shutdown has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to exercise its King’s Bench powers to wade into an ongoing dispute with its insurance carrier over whether the company must provide coverage for business interruption.

In a petition filed to the justices, attorneys for restaurant owner Joseph Tambellini said a ruling from the Supreme Court on the issue could provide guidance to the ”hundreds, if not thousands,” of lawsuits expected to result from the statewide closures Gov. Tom Wolf mandated to stem the spread of the highly contagious disease.

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