New York restaurants, bars and hotels lose virus coverage offers

By Ben Zigterman (March 15, 2022, 10:22 p.m. EDT) — New York state judges ruled in separate cases Tuesday that Empire State law is clear on the meaning of “loss or physical harm” when they rejected COVID-19 cover suits from bars, restaurants and a hotel operator.

Two COVID-19 lawsuits involving New York bars and restaurants, as well as a hotel operator, were dismissed by state judges on Tuesday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

In the lawsuit against a group of New York bars and restaurants, Judge Leon Ruchelsman said the various insurers, including Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Co., should not cover losses caused by government orders, whether for a part…

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