Rachel Schwartz Named Co-Lead in Ski Pass Insurance Litigation


On December 10, 2020, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appointed Stueve Siegel Hanson partner Rachel Schwartz as Co-Lead and Interim Class Counsel for all Plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation related to season ski pass insurance.

In this role, she will represent consumers who purchased season ski pass insurance from insurer United Specialty Insurance Company. The ski pass insurance policies protected consumers against the risk of not being able to use the ski pass.

Beginning in March 2020, numerous ski resorts around the United States closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ending the ski season early. Lawsuits were filed across the country against United Specialty Insurance Company, which has refused to reimburse consumers who have been unable to use their ski passes because the ski resorts have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases were consolidated and transferred to Judge Gonzalez Rogers by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

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