A federal court has dismissed business interruptions in connection with business interruptions at COVID-19 from the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team against a Chubb Ltd. unit, and ruled that the team had not supported its claim that the virus caused direct physical loss or injury. .
According to California law, "a direct physical loss refers to a real change in insured property," said Wednesday's decision by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Co.  In disputes against the Chubb unit's federal insurance in March, the Lakers claimed that COVID-19's presence at the Staples Center and the surrounding transportation stations physically altered the property.
These are "only legal conclusions that are actual accusations," the four-page verdict said when the case was dismissed. The Lakers failed to state any facts that supported the conclusion that the presence of COVID-1
Lawyers in the case did not respond to a request for comment.
Similar litigation filed by Sacramento King's basketball team against FM Global in March continues.