Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against The Cincinnati Insurance Company that alleges a breach of contract stemming from its refusal to pay property insurance claims related to COVID-19.
The law firm is representing Lenexa-based Promotional Headwear International, a wholesale distributor of custom-branded marketing merchandise which operates under the name Sportsman Caps & Bags.
The promotional company claims that it has lost 95 percent of sales due to COVID-19, and it is not receiving payments from Cincinnati Insurance during the business downturn.
“The Cincinnati Insurance Company refuses to honor its promise to provide the protection that our client purchased,” said Patrick Stueve, founding partner at Kansas City-based Stueve Siegel Hanson. “Unfortunately, this is not a unique situation: The insurance industry appears to be taking a uniform approach to business interruption claims during this pandemic: no matter how clear the policy— ‘deny coverage.’”
Says the insurance company in response: “We respect the rights of all parties to have their issues heard and resolved in a court of law. For that reason, we don’t comment on ongoing litigation.”
The lawsuit was filed April 24 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief for loss of business income and extra expenses and compensatory damages.
Joining Stueve Siegel in the suit are Langdon & Emison, Miller Schirger and Shaffer Lombardo Shurin.