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Restaurants call on insurers to pay business interruption claims

May 5, 2020


Restaurant owners are battling insurers over the payment of business interruption claims as a result of COVID-19, but it will likely be years before courts settle the issue. Meanwhile, insurance groups are pressing the federal government to declare stay-at-home mandates the kind of disaster that requires a special fund to help restaurants and other main street businesses recover.

“We are banding together to launch big legal action in every state against insurers who deny … coverage,” said John Houghtaling, Business Interruption Group (BIG) general counsel and Gauthier Murphy & Houghtaling partner.

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