(Photo: Shutterstock) Mediation might help get some of these cases to satisfactory resolutions and, in other cases, may lead to a more focused litigation with narrower discovery and a related cost savings. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Many insurance carriers now face a public relations crisis in light of denied business interruption claims related to mandatory COVID-19 closures.

As of this writing, there are nearly 1,500 pending lawsuits between policyholders and insurers seeking rulings as to whether business interruption or other losses are covered under first-party property insurance policies. The first lawsuit was filed on March 16, 2020 and new litigation is still being filed nearly a year later.

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