Bloomberg Law
Oct. 2, 2020, 6:23 PM

Yankees Farm Team Gets Covid-19 Suit Sent Back to Desired Venue

Jacob Rund
Jacob Rund

A New York Yankees minor league affiliate convinced a federal judge to send its lawsuit against insurer CNA Financial Corp. over denied claims for pandemic-related business losses to a preferred, state court venue.

The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders argued that one defendant, a CNA unit, is also based in Pennsylvania, giving the state’s Court of Common Pleas the right to hear the case. Chicago-based CNA, though, claimed the unit lacked connection to the team’s insurance policy and was improperly joined, creating “complete diversity” of the parties as well as federal jurisdiction.

“We do not find that the joinder was fraudulent, and ...