Britain’s Supreme Court ruled last year that many insurers had been wrong to deny thousands of companies, battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, business interruption payouts.
But the ruling did not cover all policy wordings and, where it deemed claims valid, some companies were disputing payout levels.
Corbin & King, the owner of London restaurants including the Wolseley and the Delaunay, was suing Axa in a dispute that hinged in part on the scope of “denial of access” cover, designed to protect insured venues that are shut by public authorities on health grounds.
Six Corbin & King restaurants were each entitled to payments of up to 250,000 pounds ($335,075) for three separate periods of UK government lockdowns or hospitality restrictions, the High Court ruled.
Axa had noted the court’s decision and would give it “careful consideration,” a spokesperson said by email.