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Coronavirus Closed Business Sign on the entrance of a small business in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, a day after Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses in the state to try to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, on March 24, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

A federal judicial panel has refused to coordinate hundreds of lawsuits against insurance firms over business interruption claims tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday’s order, by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, found that the cases shared “only a superficial commonality” and no common defendant. In fact, the panel wrote, the cases involve hundreds of plaintiffs, “many with disparate views of the litigation,” and more than 100 insurance firms that have “different insurance policies with different coverages, conditions, exclusions, and policy language, purchased by different businesses in different industries located in different states.”

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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