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Airbnb Listing Led To Wrongful Coverage Denial, Suit Says

Law360, Los Angeles (July 18, 2017, 9:41 PM EDT) -- A California homeowner has accused Travelers of systematically denying property damage claims when any part of a damaged building has been listed for short-term lodging on Airbnb, regardless of whether the loss had anything to do with the listing, according to a complaint filed in state court last week.

Plaintiff Emily Richer, who owns a two-building home in Saint Helena, California, alleged in a lawsuit filed in Napa County Superior Court that Travelers Commercial Insurance Co. had improperly invoked a "rental exclusion" to deny coverage for serious storm damage to the bottom of one of the structures because the top floor...

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