A motion filed with the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is seeking consolidation of the growing number of class action lawsuits being filed by individuals claiming that online vacation rental company Vrbo’s exclusive travel insurance provider has unlawfully denied their requests for reimbursement of fees paid for reservations that were later canceled.
The lawsuits allege that Vrbo’s insurer has refused to honor its policies and refund thousands of dollars in properly canceled bookings that were prompted by government-imposed travel restrictions or personal health complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are definitely seeing a trend in the travel and vacation rental insurance industry to deny all COVID-19 related cancellation claims, with little or no investigation or review of the claims at all,” says Derek Potts of the Potts Law Firm’s Houston office, who filed the motion with the MDL panel. “In this case, the allegations are basically the same, against one common defendant, CSA Travel Protection, the American affiliate of Italy-based Assicurazioni Generali Group. We believe that consolidation of these claims as an MDL is both practical and proper under the law.”
For more information on the filing or to speak with Mr. Potts, contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534, firstname.lastname@example.org