"The court held that the complaint sufficiently alleged that travel restrictions, the duty to mitigate damages, the need to flatten the curve, and stay-at-home orders may be the efficient proximate cause of Metallica's losses," said lead counsel, Jeffrey L. Schulman, a partner with Pasich LLP. "The court also noted our argument that the virus/disease may not be the cause of the loss because it still exists and yet, travel and gathering restrictions have eased and concerts are again being performed." (Credit: Romolo Tavani/Shutterstock)

The California Superior Court ruled it could not dismiss a pandemic-related event cancellation suit filed by heavy metal act Metallica against underwriters at Lloyd's of London, noting the case was still in its preliminary stage and a "proximate cause" of the loss hasn't been established yet.

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