Orleans Parish Judge Paulette Irons dismissed the complaint from the owners of the Oceana Grill in New Orleans. The owners of the French Quarter restaurant, Cajun Conti LLC, were seeking millions in business interruption coverage from underwriters at Lloyd’s after being forced to stop on-site dining due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The judgment did not explain the legal reasoning behind her ruling, according to published reports. Arguments on the owners’ request for a declaratory judgment were held Dec. 14-16 and lawyers filed post-trial briefs after that. Irons ruled on the case on Jan. 18.
Attorney John Houghtaling, who is representing celebrity chefs around the United States in similar cases, argued under Oceana Grill’s civil authority coverage.