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Chef Thomas Keller sues insurer over coronavirus business interruption claims

March 31, 2020 / Lyle Adriano

Chef Thomas Keller, whose restaurants collectively hold a total of seven Michelin stars, has filed a suit against his insurer over business interruption claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The suit, filed by attorney John Houghtaling against insurer Hartford Fire Insurance Company, requests that the court make a legally-binding decision on whether Keller’s policy allows him to recover business losses sustained in connection to the outbreak. Restaurant Hospitality reported that the lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California County of Napa. In a release, Houghtaling explained that Keller’s business interruption claim was turned down because Hartford said that there were no “dangerous conditions” at the restaurants.