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Adam Levitt Discusses MDL Centralization of Business Interruption Suits in the Wake of COVID-19

Co-Founding Partner Adam Levitt spoke with Reuters and Law360 on leading arguments that the federal business interruption insurance cases should be centralized in Chicago.

DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC is part of a coalition of four firms which have been retained by hundreds of business and, to date, have filed seventeen business interruption class action lawsuits on behalf of businesses and organizations to recover operational losses and damages from insurance companies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Levitt is leading arguments that these federal cases should be centralized in Chicago, and said that, on June 15, his firm and the other coalition firms will be filing their detailed reply in support of this position with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

As told to Reuters, Levitt said that the handful of plaintiffs’ firms resisting centralization “made a strategic choice,” but that his group believes it was the wrong choice for these federal cases.  As for the insurance industry’s opposition to centralization, he said, “We all know from our own personal experience with insurers that insurance companies are very good at making straightforward things seem complicated.”

For the Reuters story, read here.

For the Law360 story, read here.