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Society Insurance Fails to Ax Virus Claims in Bellwether Cases (1)

Feb. 23, 2021, 7:34 PM; Updated: Feb. 23, 2021, 9:25 PM

A group of bar and restaurant owners notched an early win in their fight with Society Insurance Co. over payouts for pandemic-linked losses, after a federal judge rejected the insurer’s bid to bring the litigation to a swift end.

The owners sufficiently alleged that their insurance policies cover business closures and pared-down service stemming from emergency orders issued to reduce Covid-19’s spread, Judge Edmond E. Chang held Monday, ruling on three “bellwether” cases in a consolidated proceeding against Society Insurance meant to sort out common issues across similar cases.

“A reasonable jury could find (at least on the factual record...

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