Tim has been appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel in the consolidated class litigation relating to COVID-19 business interruption losses captioned: Troy Stacy Enterprises Inc. v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co. (S.D. Ohio). 0057 – ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASES AND APPOINTING INTERIM CO-LEAD COUNSEL- Swearingen Smiles LLC et al. v.Th – Troy Stacy Enterprises Inc. v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company – ohsd – 1-2020-cv-00312
A Los Angeles nightclub claims its insurer wrongly denied coverage for losses suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The nightclub has asked a California federal court not to throw out a proposed class action, claiming the virus caused a physical loss by curtailing its business.
Firebirds International LLC, a steakhouse chain with more than 50 restaurants around the country, has filed a lawsuit against Zurich American Insurance Co., claiming the insurer is in breach of contract for refusing to cover business losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. This, despite the fact that Firebirds pays for premium coverage.
The task set before a Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, over whether to consolidate hundreds of lawsuits filed against insurers who have denied their policyholders’ business interruption claims, is being described as a “nightmare”.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) had several questions on Thursday for attorneys representing policyholders and insurance carriers over whether COVID-19 business interruption claims currently pending in federal courts across the country should be centralized or resolved case by case.
Underwriters from Lloyd’s of London have asked a New York federal court to send a COVID-19 coverage suit brought by two pizza companies to Florida, claiming the companies have engaged in forum shopping. Read more
The Houston Rockets and its venue the Toyota Center have filed a lawsuit seeking business interruption coverage for losses related to COVID-19 shutdown orders. Both the team and the venue say their insurer wrongly denied a recently filed claim. Read more
Burns Bowen Bair LLP has joined with other firms seeking to consolidate hundreds of federal lawsuits alleging that insurers have wrongly denied coverage to businesses impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns. Read more