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SCA ruling sets precedent for insurance claims

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 04 May 2021
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
A recent decision of the SCA – which will have an important impact on SA’s insurers – centred on the rejection of an insurance claim on the basis that a person who was not the policyholder, provided false, incorrect or dishonest information to the insurer.

Life companies pay out millions as death toll rises

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 28 January 2021
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Insurance Law
With a national death toll of more than 41 000 since March last year, life insurance companies have paid out hundreds of millions of rands in Covid-19 death claims.

Santam assessing claims after business interruption rulings

By Daily News Published on Monday, 11 January 2021
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Insurance Law #Litigation
Insurance group Santam says it has started the process of assessing claims related to contingent business interruptions due to Covid-19, including those previously rejected in the months after the national lockdown commenced in March.

Another business interruption ruling against insurer

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 26 November 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
In yet another setback for insurers, Old Mutual Insure has lost a case against a Cape Town retailer of luxury travel goods that took it on after it refused its business interruption claim following the closure of its flagship store at the V&A Waterfront and other outlets due to Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

Santam fails to persuade SCA to delay Guardrisk case

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
A last-minute bid by Santam’s lawyers to have Guardrisk’s SCA Covid-19-related business interruption insurance hearing against Café Chameleon postponed so that it could join the appeal in the landmark matter, failed in the SCA yesterday.

Santam to challenge 'business interruption' ruling

By Daily News Published on Monday, 23 November 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
SA's largest short-term insurer Santam has, as expected, decided to apply for leave to appeal last week’s decision by a full Bench of the Western Cape High Court that it is liable to pay a hospitality client its full Covid-19 business interruption losses, including those related to the lockdown.

Discovery, doctor poised for R30m lawsuit battle

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Insurance Law #Litigation
A multimillion-rand litigation battle is brewing between insurance giant Discovery Life and a gynaecologist, who is headed to court on Friday.

Owner told cars too expensive for special deal

By Daily News Published on Friday, 25 September 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Consumer Protection Law #Insurance Law
A motorist with two million-rand cars was so irked when he found they were too expensive to qualify for a R505 bonsella that he submitted a formal complaint.

Judgment reserved in major Covid-19 insurance case

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2020
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Insurance Law #Litigation
Hospitality group Ma-Afrika Hotels, together with Stellenbosch Kitchen and Insurance Claims Africa (ICA), are likely to wait at least a month for a ruling in the high-profile business interruption cover battle against JSE-listed insurance giant Santam, following the Western Cape High Court reserving judgment on the matter yesterday.

Watershed hospitality insurance case begins today

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
The Western Cape High Court is set to hear a watershed case today in which companies in the hospitality industry are challenging the rejection of insurance claims relating to losses incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pressure for 'business interruption' test case

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 27 August 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
The insurance industry regulator might yet follow the lead of its international counterparts and take a test case to the SCA to deal with the issue of business interruption claims once and for all.

The Pandemic and Business Interruption Cover – Can You Claim?

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Monday, 03 August 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
It’s no surprise that our media has been awash with reports on the recent High Court judgment of Cafe Chameleon CC v Guardrisk Insurance Company Ltd (5736/2020) [2020] ZAWCHC 65 around a restaurant’s business interruption cover claims.

Insurers plan 'once-off' relief to businesses

By Daily News Published on Monday, 27 July 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
Insurance giants Santam and Hollard announced over the weekend plans to offer interim relief to thousands of hard-hit small and medium businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector that have business interruption insurance policies with contagious and infectious diseases cover, says a Moneyweb report.

Insurer to appeal business interruption judgment

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
As expected, Guardrisk is to appeal the Western Cape High Court ruling that ordered the company to pay out the business interruption claims of Cape Town restaurant, Café Chameleon.

Pay up or else, regulator warns insurers

By Daily News Published on Friday, 10 July 2020
Tags: #Insurance Law #Litigation
With business interruption insurance policies still the subject of court action, the financial services regulator has struck a telling blow for hundreds of small businesses facing ruin because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown by threatening action against short-term insurers refusing to pay out on claims caused by losses resulting from the pandemic.

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