N.Y. Appellate Court Upholds Dismissal of Restaurant Group’s COVID-19 Coverage Action
April 11, 2022
NEW YORK — A New York appellate court has upheld dismissal of a restaurant conglomerate’s COVID-19 coverage action filed against Westport Insurance Corp. affirming that it did not sustain “direct physical loss or damage” to its insured properties as required by the policy.
In an April 7 opinion, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, ruled that mere loss of use, without physical damage, does not trigger coverage.
Consolidated Restaurant Operations, a global restaurant group, temporarily ceased on-premises dining operations in March 2020, in compliance with government stay-at-home orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, CRO …