Some Huntington Beach and Newport Beach restaurants are suing insurance company over COVID-19 losses


Some Huntington Beach and Newport Beach restaurants are part of a group suing Farmers Insurance, alleging the company breached contracts and failed to compensate them for losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Jan. 4 relates to Black Trumpet Bistro Tapas and Wine Bar and Capone’s Italian Cucina of Huntington Beach, both owned by Chef Dino Ferraro. Fly N Fish Oyster Bar and Grill, based in Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula, is also part of the lawsuit, as are Starrs Products of Santa Clarita, Centerpark Cafe of San Diego and NJND LLC, a restaurant and retail business in San Diego.

The lawsuit, filed by three San Diego law firms, seeks unspecified damages and demands a jury trial. A follow-up document, filed Tuesday, says the plaintiff anticipates the case will be part of a civil case involving Farmers COVID-19 business cases.

The lawsuit alleges that denials of insurance claims by Farmers Insurance during the pandemic “leave plaintiffs in dire financial straits – precisely the situation they sought to avoid when they obtained coverage for lost earnings from business”.

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