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GTTC Alert: Legislative Proposal for COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance

January 27, 2021

Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell LLP has been litigating on behalf of Washington businesses, large and small, seeking insurance coverage for the losses they have suffered as a result of the state government’s COVID-19 emergency orders.  Now, the Washington legislature has introduced a bill that, if adopted, would codify several key judicial rulings that GTTC Partner Mark Wilner has secured on behalf of business policyholders in King County Superior Court and Spokane County Superior Court. We encourage anyone who has suffered business interruption losses as a result of the lockdown orders to take a moment and write in support of this bill. The bill (SB 5351) can be found by clicking here. The bill would amend existing legislation to provide that business interruption insurance containing a grant of coverage for “direct physical loss of or damage to property” includes the deprivation of or inability to use such property. It also extends the opportunity for insureds to pursue coverage from their insurer from one year to two years and makes clear the legislation would apply retroactively to any cause of action arising after the state’s first emergency proclamation on February 29, 2020. You can support the passage of the bill by clicking here and completing the form. Thank you.

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