The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis Louis on Monday confirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a Covid-19-related lawsuit for business interruption filed by a synagogue in St. Louis. Louis.
The Court of Appeal’s two-sided judgment in United Hebrew Congregation of St. Louis v. Selective Insurance Co. of America, and New Jersey Corp.cited its decision in Monk surgeonsPC v. Cincinnati Insurance Co. by confirming the dismissal of the trial brought by the synagogue.
The Court of Appeal ruled in its judgment in July Monk surgeons that the business policy required “physical loss” or “physical damage” to trigger business interruption and additional cost recovery.
In its complaint, the synagogue had referred to the loss of “income-generating activities”; during the duration of the orders to stay at home issued by St. Louis County Director of Public Health. These activities, which were not considered “necessary”, included preschool, summer day camp, gift shop, memorial banquets, senior worship services and events for which the synagogue rented its building.
Lawyers in the case did not respond to requests for comment.