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Feldman Shepherd and Francis Mailman Soumilas File Class Action Lawsuit Against Lloyd’s for Failure to Cover Business Income Losses in Pennsylvania Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 1, 2020

PHILADELPHIA – May 27, 2020 — The law firms of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP and Francis Mailman Soumilas filed a class action lawsuit against Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London (“Lloyd’s”) for the insurer’s refusal to pay for loss of business income arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and Pennsylvania’s civil shutdown orders.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of Independence Restaurant Group (IRG), which owns and operates Independence Beer Garden in Philadelphia. IRG submitted to Lloyd’s an insurance claim for loss of business income and related losses under its “All Risk” policy, which, after more than 30 days, Lloyd’s did not cover and had communicated its intent to deny.

Through the lawsuit, IRG seeks to represent class members throughout Pennsylvania who own and/or operate businesses insured with Lloyd’s policies similar to its own. The lawsuit seeks a Declaratory Judgment to affirm that Lloyd’s policies provide coverage to the plaintiff and the class members for any current and future business personal property losses, loss of business income, and extended special business income losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or related Civil Authority orders affecting the operation of their businesses due to physical loss or damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For information about joining the class, contact Edward Goldis, Esq., by telephone at 215-567-8300, or by email at egoldis@feldmanshepherd.com.

Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP has recovered some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and several other states across the country. The firm represents plaintiffs in significant personal injury and complex civil litigation including medical malpractice, birth injury, motor vehicle accidents, defective products, and crashworthiness claims, and has recently been retained to represent businesses who have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C. is a leading consumer rights law firm dedicated to holding corporate actors accountable for misusing our clients’ personal and financial information, or getting that information wrong in credit reports, background checks, and similar documents. For over two decades, we have been on the cutting edge of protecting consumers and holding Corporate America accountable for its wrongdoing.

  • Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP attorneys are licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. In addition, our attorneys practice in other states on a pro hac vice basis. Pro hac vice admission is when a lawyer not licensed in a particular state associates with a lawyer who is licensed in that state and obtains the court’s permission to jointly represent a client in a specific matter.