Firebirds International, LLC v. Zurich American Insurance Co.

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Case Details

  • Case Status: Decided
  • Docket Number: 1-21-0558
  • Category: COVID-19


An Illinois state court dismissed a restaurant chain’s lawsuit against Zurich American Insurance Co., alleging the Swiss insurance giant broke their contract by refusing to cover business losses caused by the pandemic, even though the chain paid for premium coverage.

October 21, 2021

The Restaurant Law Center and and Illinois Restaurant Association filed as amici curiae in support of plaintiff-appellant and reversal.

May 20, 2022

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, upheld the dismissal of Firebirds COVID-19 insurance coverage suit, by finding that a “contamination exclusion” in its business interruption policy precluded coverage in this case.