Insurer beats fashion retailer Lulus’ COVID cover suit

By Gina Kim (April 5, 2022, 5:53 p.m. EDT) – A California federal judge in fashion apparel company Lulus’s COVID-19 lawsuit against Hartford Fire Insurance, finding the retailer failed to suffered the type of direct physical damage loss or damage necessary to trigger coverage and that his claims fall within the viral exclusion of the policy.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England ruled Monday that Chico, Calif.-based Lulu’s Fashion Lounge LLC, which does business as Lulus, is not entitled to Hartford coverage. He noted that other courts have largely sided with insurance companies in determining that the pandemic and government-ordered shutdowns do not constitute direct physical loss or damage to…

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