As the NFL continues to battle with insurance companies that (spoiler alert) won’t pay benefits related to the concussion, lawsuits and settlements, Big Shield has filed another battle with Big Insurance over coverage availability for a Sunday Ticket antitrust suit against the NFL in 2015.
Sports lawyer Daniel Wallach revealed the lawsuit, which was filed last November, in a tweet. Wallach then forwarded the complaint and more recent filing to PFT – a document confirming that the insurance companies have until March 13 to respond to the lawsuit.
The generalities go back to the origins of an industry based on taking money and, under the right circumstances, paying money out. If a company’s only product is money, it won’t want to give money away if it shouldn’t. It often doesn’t want to give money away when it should.
In this particular case, the NFL alleges that insurance companies responsible for “excess” coverage (in English: The NFL burned out its primary insurance policy and then turned to backups) refused to pay money that would have cost attorneys’ fees and other would cover expenses. defense against the pending antitrust case. The NFL claims that the providers of additional coverage initially seemed to recognize a responsibility to provide coverage before changing their tone in 2021.
The insurance companies are reportedly trying to link the 2015 antitrust case to a similar 1997 lawsuit, arguing that both cases amount to one “claim” that predates the insurance coverage the league is now trying to trigger.