Bloomberg Law
Dec. 17, 2020, 12:12 AM

Covid-Loss Case by Restaurant Is First U.S. Test for Insurers

Jef Feeley
Jef Feeley
Bloomberg News
Katherine Chiglinsky
Katherine Chiglinsky
Bloomberg News

The owners of a restaurant in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter are asking a Louisiana judge to order some Lloyd’s of London insurers to cover losses from the Covid-19 outbreak -- the first of a growing number of U.S. business-interruption claims to go to trial.

The 500-seat Oceana Grill seeks to persuade Judge Paulette Irons that its “all-risks” policy covers losses attributed to a shut-down order the government issued because of the coronavirus pandemic. The non-jury trial started Monday in state court New Orleans.

Diners inside Oceana Grill in New Orleans earlier in March.
Photographer: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The verdict in the case could set the tone for more than ...

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