With the restaurant industry facing its most challenging time perhaps ever, chef Thomas Keller is suing his insurance provider. The chef and owner of French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York, had his lawyer John Houghtaling file for a Declaratory Judgement on behalf of Keller’s business interruption insurance policy against Hartford Fire Insurance Company.
The lawsuit requests the court make a legally binding decision on whether Keller’s policy with Hartford allows the chef to recover business losses suffered in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The restaurant industry is the largest private-sector employer in America — it’s a chosen profession employing more than 15.6 million Americans and contributes $1 trillion to the economy. This entire sector is crippled by a nationwide public health shutdown impacting countless livelihoods. We need insurance companies to do the right thing and save millions of jobs,” said Keller.