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This contributor argues that insurance carriers should engage in a comprehensive analysis of policy language in expiring policies to determine whether the included wordings effectuate underwriting intent and seize any opportunity to bolster that intent. (Shutterstock) This contributor argues that insurance carriers should engage in a comprehensive analysis of policy language in expiring policies to determine whether the included wordings effectuate underwriting intent and seize any opportunity to bolster that intent. (Shutterstock)

A recent class-action lawsuit filed by the owner of The Crescent Plaza Hotel against Zurich American Insurance Co. in the Northern District of Illinois illustrates the reappearance of one of the arguments litigated numerous times. The Crescent Plaza Hotel’s suit alleges Zurich’s addition of a Communicable Disease Endorsement to its manuscript commercial property policy at renewal implies coverage for COVID-19 losses existed prior to the inclusion of the Communicable Disease Endorsement, according to the case filing.

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