May 20, 2020

Aviva and QBE face legal threat from bars and restaurants

Aviva and QBE have become the latest insurers to be targeted by customers angry about their refusal to pay claims on business interruption policies. Hospitality Insurance Group Action, which is working with bars and restaurants that face ruin because of the pandemic, plans to focus on the two companies after its lawyers said the wording of their policies offered the best chance of success. Insurers say the vast majority of policies do not cover the sort of disruption caused by the pandemic. Law firm Mishcon de Reya, acting on behalf of HIGA, reviewed 500 policies. HIGA plans to gather as many Aviva and QBE policyholders as possible before launching a class action against the two.

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