The case involved three Dublin Pubs and one Athlone Pub who sued FBD for failing to provide cover for losses sustained due to Covid 19 restrictions.
At the hearing last October, the Court considered a number of different issues on the “liability side” of the case including the interpretation of the “trends clause” in the policies where wider factors reduce a business’s ability to trade.
Business Interruption Clauses
The specific policies before the Court contained a clause that provided cover for "outbreaks of contagious or infectious diseases on the premises or within 25 miles of same". FBD unsuccessfully argued that the closure of the pubs was not due to the outbreak of the disease but was instead caused by Government decisions. This followed a similar decision in the UK Supreme Court brought by the Financial Services Authority. FBD have confirmed that they are not appealing this decision and the case will come before the Courts on the 17 February 2021 to discuss the losses which the four pubs are entitled to recover from their insurer.
The decision will be helpful to over 1100 pubs across Ireland who have an insurance policy with FBD and FBD has claimed in Court that the total cost of these claims could be in excess of €30 million.
Augustus Cullen Law have previously been successful in overturning decisions made by insurers deemed to be unreasonable in a number of cases and are currently acting in similar cases to the FBD case regarding business interruption insurance.
If your business has been refused cover, get in touch and we will examine your policy and provide clear advice on how to proceed.
15 February 2021