The world of COVID-related business interruption litigation changes rapidly, particularly with regard to class pleadings. A Pennsylvania proposed class action filed against an Erie Insurance Exchange seeking coverage related to COVID-19 was voluntarily dismissed by the restaurant plaintiff, Sieb’s Pub.
The plaintiff alleged it suffered business income loss as a result of COVID-19 and its policy did not contain the virus exclusion. The plaintiff sought to represent other similarly situated Pennsylvania businesses with the same policies that has suffered loss as a result of the pandemic.
The class suit was originally filed in Pennsylvania state court. The insurer removed it to federal court in early June. The plaintiff recently dismissed the suit without prejudice to refiling. This means, plaintiff may refile the suit and begin the process again, perhaps this time without attempting to certify a class.
The lawyers of LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC are here to help businesses nationwide present the best available arguments for business interruption coverage related to COVID-19 business income and extra expense losses. Contact us at our Houston location at 832-356-7983 or our DFW location at 972-483-0410. You can also message us any inquiries directly on our website.
***The foregoing is not meant to serve as legal advice relating to your insurance coverage issue. Please contact one of our lawyers if you have questions specific to your particular insurance issue.