Professional Liability Defense Victory: Dismissal of Claims Against Insurance Broker After Insurer Denied COVID-19 Business Loss Claim
Matthew J. Egan and Quinn P. Donnelly were successful in the Circuit Court of Cook County in obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of a business owner’s claim that the firm’s client, an insurance broker, negligently failed to procure insurance coverage for the substantial losses the business sustained after it was forced to close in March 2020 in accordance with the governor’s executive order for the COVID-19 pandemic and its insurer denied coverage for those losses. The court also agreed with the arguments Matt and Quinn advanced and dismissed the business owner’s separate claim that the insurance broker negligently misrepresented the scope of the coverage the broker obtained for the business. This decision represents another significant victory the attorneys in the professional liability defense practice at Pretzel & Stouffer have obtained for the firm’s clients. October 2021.