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COVID-19 Litigation Report

The global COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic immediately brought to light complex legal questions some predict could take years to answer. As the number of individuals and businesses impacted by Coronavirus continues to rise, so do disputes over compensation for losses related to the outbreak. This resource is an online newsfeed covering the novel legal developments COVID-19 leaves in its wake — from coverage of claims for business interruption, the applicability of exclusions, D&O and E&O claims, workers’ compensation and more.


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Ind. Theatre Sues Insurer for Business Losses Caused by COVID-19 Closure

Indiana’s largest professional nonprofit theatre has sued its insurer in state court, seeking a ruling that it is entitled to coverage for losses sustained when it was forced to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Nurses Accuse Staffing Agency of Using ‘Bait and Switch’ Tactics in COVID-19 Recruiting

Three nurses have accused an Alabama staffing center and its CEO of recruiting them to assist in the COVID-19 crisis in New York, and then requiring them to work with infected patients without protective equipment such as N-95 masks or gowns.


Calif. Judicial Council Issues 11 Emergency Orders in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

The California Judicial Council has issued emergency orders governing California courts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in part mandating that depositions be conducted remotely and tolling the statute of limitations in civil matters.


Ill. Dental Practice Says COVID-19 Business Loss Covered Under Policy

An Illinois dental practice has sued its insurers, seeking coverage for COVID-19-related business interruption losses under its commercial property policy issued by The Cincinnati Insurance Co. and its affiliates.


Walmart Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following Employee’s Death From COVID-19

The family of a Walmart employee who died from COVID-19 has sued the company in Illinois state court, accusing it of negligently failing to protect employees and customers from the virus.


'COVID-19: Update on Managing Civil Litigation During Coronavirus Shutdown'

Christina Sarchio, Christopher S. Ruhland, Selby P. Brown and Jim Kilduff of Dechert LLP provide an overview of federal and state courts' latest responses to the challenges posed by COVID-19.


Class Action Filed Against Stubhub, Says Ticket Reseller Refusing to Refund Money for Cancelled Events

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Stubhub Inc., contending that the ticket reseller violated its own FanProtect guarantee when it refused to refund money to customers who purchased tickets to events cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Plaintiffs Had Sought Injunction Against Milwaukee Election Commission Before Wisconsin Governor’s Cancellation of Primaries

Plaintiffs in Wisconsin have filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the Milwaukee Election Commission, maintaining that changes made to an upcoming election in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have “disproportionately” restricted African Americans in the district from casting their votes.


Commentary - Michigan's COVID-19 Response by the Detroit Bar Association President

In less than two short weeks in March, a series of executive orders aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan dramatically altered our personal and professional lives.


Texas Theatre Owner Says COVID-19 Losses Covered Under ‘Pandemic Event’ Endorsement

The Houston-based owner of a chain of dine-in movie theatres and a restaurant have asked a federal judge for a ruling that its insurer, Certain Underwriters’ at Lloyd’s, must pay for business interruption claims arising from COVID-19 closures.


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