Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation News

Judge Rules in Favor of 3 Policyholders With COVID-19 Claims in Consolidated Case

A federal judge denied Society Insurance’s motions to dismiss three “bellwether” lawsuits filed by hospitality businesses that were denied coverage for revenue lost because of COVID-19 public health orders. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang in Chicago, who was assigned a …

Panel Rejects Petitions to Consolidate COVID-19 Business-Interruption Claims

A federal court on Wednesday rejected two separate petitions to consolidate lawsuits filed by policyholders against insurers that denied COVID-19 business-interruption claims under a single judge, but said it might approve consolidation of other actions that make similar claims against …

Number of Federal COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits at 101 and Rising

A federal court has received notice that 101 lawsuits have been filed as of Wednesday seeking coverage from insurers for business interruption losses caused by COVID-19. Plaintiffs attorneys say they expect the number to rise into the thousands. “Ultimately, I …

Some Insurance Regulators Skeptical About Business Interruption Claims

Insurance commissioners in at least seven states have advised business owners not to get their hopes up if pursuing business-interruption claims. Scott Seaman, a partner with the Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm in Chicago, posted a blog on Friday that …

Plaintiffs Hope to Consolidate COVID-19 Business-Interruption Lawsuits

Two groups of plaintiffs — one in Philadelphia, the other in Chicago — are asking federal courts to consolidate lawsuits filed by businesses that are seeking coverage for business-interruption losses caused by coronavirus stay-home orders. Attorneys for owners of the …

Panel Rejects MGM’s Request to Consolidate Vegas Mass Shooting Suits

A panel of federal judges on Wednesday denied a request from casino operator MGM Resorts International to centralize 13 lawsuits stemming from last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in a written order said …