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Erie Insurance Questioned on Bid to Keep Virus Claims Suits Apart

Dec. 4, 2020, 12:18 AM

Erie Insurance Group ran into federal judges’ skepticism of its argument that business policyholders’ lawsuits over pandemic-related claims denial are filed in too many places for efficiently consolidating them into one venue.

The regional insurance carrier is fighting about 25 federal cases over its denial of business interruption coverage for business owners whose incomes suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic and government response efforts.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) considered at a hearing Thursday whether to centralize proceedings for more than a dozen cases, a prospect opposed by the insurer. Those lawsuits are pending in seven states, including...

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