July 20, 2020

Oakland apparel company Oaklandish — known for their design collaborations with the Golden State Warriors — is the latest Bay Area business to sue its insurer over denial of business interruption insurance claims related to Covid-19, according to a lawsuit filed in Northern District of California on Monday.

The lawsuit is seeking membership for Oaklandish in a class action lawsuit from businesses denied similar business interruption claims, as well as unspecified amount of damages from defendant Sentinel Insurance Co. Ltd. and coverage for Oaklandish’s claims related to its Covid-19-required business closure.

"Oaklandish means so much to so many in the Bay Area and that's why it was devastating when we were denied our insurance claim without consideration," said Angela Tsay, Oaklandish CEO and creative director, in an emailed statement. "Oaklandish needs Sentinel Insurance Co. to fulfill its commitments for our company to once again flourish alongside the city we love."

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Oaklandish joins at least five other Bay Area businesses taking legal action in state or federal court with their insurers over business interruption policies with representation from Oakland-based Gibbs Law Group and Washington, D.C.-based Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLC. The group is representing Uncle Sharkii restaurant in Concord, Mudpie boutique in San Francisco, Albany music venue Ivy Room, and Berkeley's Chez Panisse restaurant and retailer The Gardener.

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