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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Aug. 6, 201905:20 AM EST

Chicago Pizza files lawsuit over damage repairs after shooting

Owners of the now-closed restaurant say its insurance carrier fail to pay claim.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

The owners of the former Chicago Pizza & Sports Grill at The Jacksonville Landing have filed a lawsuit against the restaurant's commercial insurance carrier, alleging that the insurer failed to pay a claim for damages.

Also a plaintiff is TCB Envirocorp Inc., the contractor hired by Chicago Pizza's owners to repair damage that occurred Aug. 26 during a mass shooting at the Good Luck Have Fun Game Bar inside the restaurant.

Three people, including the alleged gunman, died during the incident and 10 other people were wounded.

The plaintiffs state in the lawsuit that Scottsdale Insurance Co., issuer of a commercial insurance policy to Chicago Pizza, assigned a claim number and investigated the claim, but failed to pay the claim for $67,221.80 for damage to the floor, ceiling, countertops, walls, a bathroom and other areas.

The insurance company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Clifton Comastro, owner of Chicago Pizza, hired TCB Envirocorp on Sept. 5 to repair and restore the damage and authorized the contractor to directly bill the insurance company for the work performed.

Chicago Pizza announced in March it was closing.

The city purchased the riverfront shopping center and plans to demolish it.

The plaintiffs are represented by the Herman & Wells law firm in Pinellas Park and The Law Offices of Stephen F. Difato in St. Augustine.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Tyrie Boyer.


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