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Metallica Lose Lawsuit Against Insurer Over Losses From Cancelled 2020 South American Tour


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Thrash metal legends Metallica have lost their lawsuit against insurer Lloyd’s London. In June of 2021, the group filed suit against the insurer over their refusal the pay the losses the band incurred for the cancellation of their planned April 2020 South American tour. That trek was scrapped amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The band claimed to have a “cancellation, abandonment and non-appearance insurance” policy from Lloyd’s Of London in regards to the tour to protect them for loss should it not go through. However, Lloyd’s Of London argued that they were exempt from covering the band’s losses per a communicable disease exclusion listed in the policy.

The band filed suit against the insurer for breach of contract and were seeking compensatory damages, along with a declaration of the rights and obligations of the parties involved. Billboard.com report that late last month a California judge Holly J. Fujie ruled in favor of Lloyd’s Of London on the matter.

Metallica argued in their complaint that “travel restrictions, the duty to mitigate damages, the need to ‘flatten the curve’ and stay-at-home orders all caused the Shows’ cancellations,” thus circumventing the communicable disease exclusion. Judge Fujie disagreed, stating:

“The travel restrictions which caused the concert cancellations were a direct response to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. The evidence … demonstrates that the COVID-19 pandemic spurred the travel restrictions to South America and restrictions on public gatherings. The COVID-19 pandemic was therefore the efficient proximate cause of the concerts’ cancellations.”

The group themselves would go on to tour South America this past spring.

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