Joshua M. Bowman featured in Boston Magazine article on “game-changing” bill to make insurance companies pay for restaurant COVID-19 closures

March 27, 2020

Joshua M. Bowman, partner in the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate departments and chair of its Hospitality Practice Group, was featured in a Boston Magazine article on March 27, 2020. The article, “Could This Be the Bill That Saves Massachusetts Restaurants?” describes a bill, filed by Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge, that would require insurance companies to cover loss of business for qualifying restaurants until the emergency declaration issued by Gov. Charlie Baker is lifted.

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From the article: 

“Those virus- and property damage-related stipulations simply aren’t reasonable in light of an unprecedented worldwide pandemic and a government-mandated ban on on-site consumption at restaurants, say bill advocates like attorney Josh Bowman, whose clients include a number of Boston-area restaurateurs. After learning of a similar bill being considered in the New Jersey Assembly, Bowman reached out to Eldridge, a former BC Law classmate, to start a conversation about legislative efforts here. (A third bill to this effect has also been proposed in Ohio.)

The New Jersey bill was originally brought to Bowman’s attention by Michael Scelfo, chef-owner of popular Cambridge restaurants Alden & Harlow, the Longfellow Bar, and Waypoint.”