Chez Panisse Sues AMCO for Denying COVID-19 Coverage
Yesterday, Chez Panisse filed a lawsuit against AMCO Insurance Company for denying coverage for business losses due to the mandated shelter-in-place order that closed in-house service in dining rooms, including at Alice Waters’ famed Berkeley farm-to-table restaurant, which has not operated since March 19. According to a press release shared with Nosh by the restaurant’s legal representatives — Gibbs Law Group and Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLC — Chez Panisse claims it has paid “substantial premiums for business interruption insurance,” but AMCO “acted in bad faith by categorically denying the insurance claim.” In a written statement, Waters said the livelihoods of Chez Panisse employees and suppliers, including cooks, servers, ranchers and farmers, are in jeopardy because the insurer is refusing to pay the claim. Chez Panisse is demanding AMCO pay for its COVID-19 related business losses along with damages, attorney’s fees and compensation for breach of contract. Several other California businesses, both restaurants and retail stores, have filed similar suits against insurance companies that have denied them business interruption insurance, including The Gardener on Fourth Street in Berkeley.
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