Apr 25, 2020 - Economy

Small businesses line up to sue insurers over coronavirus claims

In this image, a door has several "closed" signs

Closed signs on a fast food restaurant on April 24 in New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Restaurants, casinos and barbershops are suing insurers in an attempt to regain losses caused by staying closed through stay-at-home orders, AP reports.

Why it matters: The survival of thousands of businesses are on the line if insurers refuse to pay — and big-name insurance companies risk massive financial hits if they accept the millions of claims.

The big picture: The $349 billion cap for small business loans for the coronavirus stimulus was reached last week, taking less than two weeks to run out.

What's next: If the coronavirus caused "direct physical damage" in or near a business, small business owners have a greater chance of success in their case against insurers, per AP. But proving that the virus was on the premises could prove challenging for plaintiff attorneys.

  • "It’s a question courts haven’t definitively answered," AP reports.

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