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Judge Mark Hornak U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Photo: Jason Doiy

As lawsuits proliferate across the country over insurance claims tied to COVID-19, a federal judicial panel has ordered that lawsuits specific to two insurers be sent to Pennsylvania and New York.

In separate orders Tuesday, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered coordination of about two dozen lawsuits bringing business interruption claims against Erie Insurance to the Western District of Pennsylvania, near its headquarters. The order builds on prior decisions outlining the panel’s position on whether cases against insurance claims tied to COVID-19 should be coordinated into multidistrict litigation.

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