As we reported in an earlier blog, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation rejected the complainant's request for a consolidation of all COVID-19 insurance coverage federal disputes, and agreed to consider mini-MDL in relation to five specific insurance companies responsible for approximately one-third of federal cases. On 2 October, the panel rejected the concept of mini-MDL with regard to four of these five insurance companies and accepted an MDL for the fifth insurer.
The panel initially agreed with the complainants that each of the proposed mini-MDLs was presented. common legal and factual questions about the preparation and interpretation of each insurer's insurance form. However, the panel eventually concluded that consolidation would not be the most effective measure for federal lawsuits against The Hartford, Travelers, Cincinnati Insurance Co. and Lloyd & # 39; s of London. As explained, since COVID-1
However, the Panel considered it appropriate to centralize over 30 lawsuits against the Society Insurance Co. insurance companies are facing. The panel left the door open for further efficiency measures in the societal case, such as establishing "state-specific tracks" or choosing already oriented movements such as "bellwether movements" to decide issues on the threshold policy. The panel transferred the social costs to Judge Edmond E. Chang in the Northern District of Illinois, who has already dealt with a number of these cases.
The Panel Court ends the COVID-19 MDL case for at least five insurance companies. and their policyholders, as the measures will be taken separately in courts across the country. To the extent that other federal courts delayed the proceedings pending the panel's decision, these measures should also be resumed.