A multidistrict litigation panel will hear arguments Thursday on whether to consolidate more than 100 federal court lawsuits that have accused insurance companies of wrongfully denying business interruption insurance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

On one side are plaintiffs lawyers who argued that it would be more efficient to consolidate the claims and have a single court decide threshold questions. Since the answers to these questions will impact thousands of businesses, plaintiffs’ lawyers argue it is preferable for a single court to rule on these issues rather than risk inconsistent rulings by multiple courts.

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