Pa. Deli Chain Loses Battle for COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage
May 19, 2021
PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania deli chain is not entitled to coverage for its COVID-19 losses from State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Co. because it did not sustain a “direct physical loss of property” as required by the policy, a federal judge has ruled.
In a May 14 order, Judge John Gallagher of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania concluded that neither COVID-19 nor government closure orders issued in response to the pandemic cause a “distinct, demonstrable, physical alteration” of property.
Isaac’s Deli Inc. owns and operates a chain of sandwich restaurants throughout central Pennsylvania. Beginning …