Coverage lawsuit over poppy seed stroke claims sent to NY

By Ganesh Setty (July 1, 2022, 7:54 PM EDT) – Ohio Security Insurance Co.’s lawsuit seeking to evade coverage for a nut company facing product liability claims after a woman said she suffered strokes from ingesting unwashed poppy seeds must take place in the Southern District of New York, a federal judge in New Jersey has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson said in her unreported ruling Thursday that the underlying lawsuit filed by Rebecca Lancia and her husband in New Jersey state court cannot be the “sole basis” for in court to exercise specific personal jurisdiction over Premium Food Group Inc. and Nut Cravings Inc. in the coverage dispute.

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