The district court refused to remand plaintiff's claim for business losses due to COVID-19 shut down orders. Mark's Engine Co. No. 28 Restaurant, LLC v. Traveler's Indem. Co. of Conn., 2020 US. District. LEXIS 132841 (C.D. Calif. July 27, 2020).
Plaintiff restaurant sued Traveler's in state court. Los Angele Mayor Eric Garcetti was also named as a defendant for his part in issuing the shut down orders. An Executive Order issued on March 15, 2020 directed all non-essential businesses to close. Plaintiff argued that this triggered its coverage because plaintiff was forced to close by order of Civil Authority. Further, the denial of coverage would not have occurred absent the mayor's order, the propriety of which was an significant issue that allegedly had to be resolved.