STORY FROM: COVID-19 Litigation Report

Fla. Restaurant Owner Says COVID-19, Closure Orders Caused Insurable Damage

TAMPA, Fla. — The owner of two Florida restaurants has sued Scottsdale Insurance Co., contending that business income losses the eateries suffered when they closed in compliance with COVID-19 civil authority orders are covered under their policy.

In a complaint removed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on June 18, Edison Kennedy LLC, which owns two Tampa-area restaurants known as “Edison,” says its properties sustained “direct physical loss or direct physical damage,” triggering coverage under the policy.

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