Manhattan Hotel latest to lose bid for COVID-19 blanket

By Elizabeth Daley (September 7, 2022, 6:24 p.m. EDT) – A Manhattan boutique hotel lost its bid for pandemic-related insurance coverage when a federal judge in Connecticut ruled the company failed to established physical damages necessary to support claims against its insurer, Aspen American Insurance Co.

U.S. District Judge Sarah AL Merriam dismissed the East Village Hotel’s lawsuit, writing in her decision Friday that 147 First Realty LLC had not filed a claim. “To be eligible for coverage under the policy, the plaintiff must also allege facts showing that COVID-19 caused actual physical loss or property damage. It did not do so here,” it said. she writes.

To support her decision, Judge Merriam cited numerous cases in…

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