OKLAHOMA CITY - The Chickasaw Nation filed a lawsuit against several insurance companies Tuesday seeking a judicial ruling that financial losses to their casinos and other businesses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are covered by their business interruption insurance policies.

The insurance companies have not specifically denied that these are covered losses at this point, but such denial of coverage has taken place in Louisiana and other locations, said Michael Burrage of Whitten Burrage, the Oklahoma City law firm that filed the lawsuit on behalf of the tribe.

Burrage said the lawsuit simply seeks a declaratory judgement that these are covered losses.

The Chickasaw Nation and other Oklahoma tribes have temporarily closed their casinos in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, resulting in yet to be determined financial losses. They also operate hotels, travel plazas and other businesses that have been impacted in various ways by the virus.

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