State: 
Rhode Island
Year: 
2021
Case Number: 
1:20-cv-00512-WES-PAS
Issue: 
COVID

 

In its brief, UP refutes Zurich’s position that “the headings in the Policy should be used to define the scope of coverage.” UP’s position is that this notion upends the long-established principles of insurance policy interpretation. Policy language must be given it plain, ordinary, and usual meaning. With that, the removal of certain terms by the insurer in the plain language of the policy does not allow for headings to circumvent its meaning, especially in the form of policy exclusions.

UP points out that an exclusion limited to a “virus” does not unambiguously exclude coverage for a pandemic.  A virus and a pandemic are two different things. UP asked the Court to consider these arguments when ruling on the motion to dismiss.

Author: 
This brief was authored pro bono by Matthew T. Oliverio of Oliverio & Maracaccio LLP, and Joseph D. Jean and Alexander Hardiman of Pilsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pitman LLC