February 12, 2021

The lawsuit claims the company is not acting on a business interruption insurance claim

A FORMER AAHOA chairman and California hotelier has filed suit against his insurance company, for denying coverage on his business interruption insurance policy in connection with losses incurred from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a situation in which many other hotel owners with similar policies find themselves, Tarun Patel and his attorneys said.

“Across the country, many businesses that thought they were being responsible by securing and paying premiums for business interruption coverage are now facing mounting costs resulting from their insurance company’s failure to cover losses arising from COVID-19,” said as statement from the law firms representing Patel and Pacific Lodging Group, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and Gibbs Law Group.

The firms are reviewing potential claims from hotels, restaurants and small business owners across the country that have been affected by insurance companies’ refusal to pay.

“Once again, we see another insurer ignoring their financial responsibility and refusing to pay their contractually agreed-upon coverage,” said Geoffrey Graber, partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Task Force. “Bodega Coast Inn & Suites is the type of small business that we need to protect during this challenging time. Sequoia’s failure to honor its obligations have put the livelihoods of so many people at risk for their own benefit.”

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