First Business Interruption Coverage Case Filed In Louisiana

On Monday, March 17, 2020, the Oceana Grill, a popular restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, filed the first known business interruption lawsuit arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Oceana Grill alleges that it purchased an “all risk policy” from defendant Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London (“Underwriters”) which covers all direct physical losses to its property “unless the loss is specifically excluded or limited in the policy.”  According to Oceana Grill, the coronavirus is “physically impacting public and private property, and physical spaces in cities around the world.” 

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