As the NFL continues to battle insurance companies that (spoiler alert) don’t want to pay alimony in regards to lawsuits and concussion settlements, Big Shield has a new battle with Big Insurance over the availability of coverage for the Sunday Ticket antitrust action filed against the NFL in 2015.
Sports attorney Daniel Wallach revealed the lawsuit, which was filed last November, in a tweet. Wallach then forwarded to the PFT the complaint and a more recent filing – a document confirming that the insurer has until March 13 to respond to the lawsuit.
Generalities trace back to industry origins based on receiving money and, in the right circumstances, paying money out. When a company’s only product is money, it doesn’t want to give away money when it shouldn’t. Often refuses to give money when they should.
In this particular case, the NFL claimed that the insurance company liable for “excess” coverage (in English, the NFL burned its primary insurance policy and then switched to a backup) had refused to pay money that would have covered attorneys’ fees and other costs in defending against pending antitrust cases. The NFL alleges that excess coverage providers initially appeared to acknowledge responsibility for providing coverage before changing their tune in 2021.
Insurance company excess allegedly tried to tie a 2015 antitrust case to a similar 1997 lawsuit, arguing that the two issues amounted to a single “claim” that preceded the insurance coverage the league is now trying to activate.