On December 10, 2020, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, selected Miller Schirger partner John Schirger as Co-Lead and Interim Class Counsel for all Plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation styled – In Re: United Specialty Insurance Company Ski Pass Insurance Litigation.
Consumers who purchased ski pass insurance filed lawsuits nationwide against United Specialty Insurance Company for refusing to reimburse policyholders who were unable to use their ski passes during the entire 2019-2020 ski season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases were consolidated and transferred to Judge Gonzalez Rogers by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Several law firms competed for lead counsel status.
The full order by the Hon. Judge Rogers can be found here.
Thomson Reuters has honored three Miller Schirger attorneys in its Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2020 edition, including founding partners Steve Miller and John Schirger, and partner Matt Lytle. The 2020 edition of Missouri and Kansas Rising Stars has honored partner Joseph Feierabend and associate Toby Hausner.
Steve Miller has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of construction litigation since its inception in 2005. He is also honored to be chosen as one of the Top 50 Kansas City Attorneys in 2015 and 2016, and one of the Top 100 Missouri and Kansas Attorneys from 2013-2017 and 2020. In the area of business litigation, John Schirger has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2011 and has previously been recognized as a Top 100 Missouri and Kansas Attorney. Matt Lytle, a former Rising Star (2011-2012), has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of class action/mass torts since 2013.
Joseph Feierabend and Toby Hausner are second-year honorees to the Rising Stars list. Eligibility for inclusion on the Rising Stars list is based on the candidate being either 40 years old or younger, or in practice of law for 10 years or less. The top 2.5 percent of attorneys make the Rising Stars list in each state.
Candidates for Super Lawyers are identified through peer nomination, evaluation and independent research. The attorneys are evaluated on 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition, including experience, representative clients, verdicts and settlements, honors and awards, and pro bono and community service. The top 5 percent are selected to Super Lawyers.