COVID-19 Case Remanded for Failure to Meet Amount in Controversy

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Because Travelers failed to meet its burden to establish the requisite amount in controversy, the court granted Geragos' motion to remand.

September 14, 2020
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

The federal district court remanded to state court a loss of rent claim because the amount in controversy requirement was not met. Geragos & Geragos Fine Arts Bldg., LLC v. Travelers Indemn. Co., 2020 U.S Dist. LEXIS 127427 (C.D. Cal. July 20, 2020).

Geragos suffered loss of rental income due to the COVID-19 tenant relief measures implemented in Los Angeles. The tenant relief orders would remain in effect for the duration of the emergency period, the end date of which was not presently set.

Geragos submitted a claim for loss of rental income to Travelers. When the claim was denied, Geragos sued in state court. Travelers removed to federal district court. Geragos moved to remand the case back to state court for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

Mr. Eyerly may be contacted at te@hawaiilawyer.com



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