‘The Morning Show’ Isn’t Smiling: Asks 9th Circ. To Reverse Insurers Covid-19 Win

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The Production Company for “The Morning Show” an Apple TV+ series featuring Jennifer Aniston, has asked a California federal court to overturn the ruling in favor of its insurer, Chubb National Insurance Company, that found Chubb was justified in denying benefits to Always Smiling Productions LLC during the start of the covid-19 pandemic.

This is the case of Always Smiling Productions LLC v. Chubb National Insurance Co., in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In September, U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin granted Chubb’s request for summary judgment finding that “under the policy’s plain terms,” the insurer was justified in denying benefits to Always Smiling Productions LLC after it had to halt production of the Apple TV+ show at the beginning of the pandemic.”

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In July 2021, the production team filed a $44 million suit against Chubb in California seeking to recover COVID-19-related losses caused by production delays on “The Morning Show.”

However, Judge Olguin’s ruling dismissing “Always Smiling Productions” was no laughing matter, leading the production company to seek review by the Ninth Circuit court seeking a reversal of Judge Olguin’s order.