Plaintiffs firm Bernstein Liebhard’s bid to collect $13 million from its insurance company after a fire swept through its offices was rejected by a New York state judge earlier this month, a new transcript shows.

The law firm has argued for years that Sentinel Insurance Co. Ltd was obliged to compensate it for the money it would have made by bringing suits on behalf of victims of defective drugs and medical devices if the fire hadn’t interrupted its business. But Sentinel contended that a ruling last year by the Appellate Division, First Department, put the kibosh on Bernstein Liebhard’s claim.

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