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Federal Jurisdiction and the Biometric Privacy Act

Federal Jurisdiction and the Biometric Privacy Act By Jeff Bowen The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), a 2008 Illinois law governing the collection, maintenance and disclosure of biometric data, has generated thorny jurisdictional issues for years.  The statue places limitations on the collection and use of such data, mandates public disclosure of a plan governing […]

LA Nightclub Says Virus Triggers ‘Physical Loss’ Insurance

LA Nightclub Says Virus Triggers ‘Physical Loss’ Insurance By Mike Curley | September 29, 2020 A Los Angeles nightclub is asking a California federal court not to throw out its proposed class action alleging its insurer wrongly denied it coverage for losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the virus caused a physical loss by […]

Steakhouse Chain Claims Zurich Owes COVID-19 Coverage

Steakhouse Chain Claims Zurich Owes COVID-19 Coverage Dorothy Atkins | August 14, 2020 A steakhouse chain with more than 50 restaurants around the country has hit Zurich American Insurance Co. with a lawsuit in Illinois state court, alleging the Swiss insurance giant broke their contract by refusing to cover business losses caused by the pandemic, […]

JPML judges struggle with ‘nightmare’ prospect of COVID-19 insurance coverage MDL

JPML judges struggle with ‘nightmare’ prospect of COVID-19 insurance coverage MDL By Alison Frankel | July 30, 2020 (Reuters) – No fewer than three different people used the word “nightmare” at a Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation hearing Thursday morning about whether to consolidate hundreds of federal-court suits by insurance policyholders whose claims for business interruption coverage […]

JPML Probes Bids To Combine COVID-19 Coverage Battles

JPML Probes Bids To Combine COVID-19 Coverage Battles By Jeff Sistrunk | July 30, 2020 The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday peppered attorneys for policyholders and insurance carriers with questions over whether the hundreds of COVID-19 business interruption coverage disputes pending in federal courts nationwide should be centralized in one or more courts or […]

Lloyd’s Insurers Want COVID-19 Coverage Fight Sent To Fla.

Lloyd’s Insurers Want COVID-19 Coverage Fight Sent To Fla. Joyce Hanson | July 29, 2020 A group of Lloyd’s underwriters has asked to send two pizza companies’ COVID-19 coverage suit to Florida, telling a New York federal court that the companies suing are based in the Sunshine State as are the agents who sold them […]

Houston Rockets sue FM Global unit for COVID-19 coverage

Houston Rockets sue FM Global unit for COVID-19 coverage Gavin Souter | July 15, 2020 The Houston Rockets basketball organization and its venue the Toyota Center sued FM Global’s midmarket unit on Wednesday seeking business interruption coverage for coronavirus-related losses. In the suit, Clutch City Sports & Entertainment LP (d/b/a Toyota Center) and Rocket Ball Ltd. v. […]

Houston Rockets Sue Insurer For COVID-19 Coverage

Houston Rockets Sue Insurer For COVID-19 Coverage By Mike Curley | July 16, 2020 The NBA’s Houston Rockets and their home arena are suing their insurance company, alleging it denied them coverage for losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic in an act of bad faith as part of a companywide policy to deny coverage for […]

Houston Rockets Sue Insurer Over Denied Covid-19 Loss Claims

Houston Rockets Sue Insurer Over Denied Covid-19 Loss Claims By Jef Feeley and Katherine Chiglinsky | July 15, 2020 The Houston Rockets and billionaire owner Tilman Fertitta are suing their insurer for denying the National Basketball Association team’s bid to tap its business-interruption insurance policy over revenue losses from the Covid-19 pandemic. Fertitta’s Rocket Ball Ltd. and Clutch City Sports & […]

Plaintiffs Pushing for COVID-19 Insurance MDL: Don’t Believe Industry’s Hype

Plaintiffs pushing for COVID-19 insurance MDL:  Don’t believe industry’s hype Alison Frankel | June 23, 2020 (Reuters) – Two groups of plaintiffs’ lawyers that want the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate hundreds of federal lawsuits asserting demands for business interruption insurance argued in briefs filed Monday that insurers are exaggerating variations in policy language […]