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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. Now includes access to HarrisMartin's exclusive COVID-19 Case Tracker, allowing subscribers to search cases by state, defendants, industries, and more!


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Fla. Marketing Firm Says COVID-19 Losses Covered Under Hartford Policy

A Florida marketing firm has sued Sentinel Insurance Company Ltd. d/b/a The Hartford for coverage of business losses it sustained when it was forced to suspend operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related civil authority orders.


N.J. Clothing Boutique Sues Insurers for COVID-19 Business Losses

A New Jersey women’s clothing boutique has sued its insurer, demanding coverage for business interruption losses it sustained when government closure orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic rendered it “unable to use its property for its intended purpose.”


D.C. Federal Judge Awards Insurer Summary Judgment in COVID-19 Business Interruption Case

A District of Columbia judge has awarded Erie Insurance Exchange summary judgment in a case involving coverage for COVID-19-related business interruption losses, ruling that the plaintiffs — a group of prominent restaurants in the D.C. area — did not suffer “direct and accidental loss of or damage to covered property.”


The Gap Inc. Seeks Creation of MDL Docket for Rent Nonpayment Lawsuits

The Gap Inc. has filed a petition for the creation of a coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for claims relating to its nonpayment of rent on stores that were forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Twin City Insurance Says Miami Plastic Surgeon’s Losses Fall Within Virus Exclusion

Twin City Fire Insurance Co. has moved to dismiss a Miami plastic surgeon’s lawsuit seeking COVID-19-related business interruption coverage, arguing that the losses fall within the policy’s virus exclusion.


Ala. Seafood Eatery Sues Cincinnati Insurance for COVID-19 Business Losses

An Alabama seafood restaurant has sued The Cincinnati Insurance Co. in federal court, demanding coverage for losses it sustained when the state governor closed all non-essential businesses in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.


Orthopedic Surgery Practice Says COVID-19 Losses Covered Under National Fire Policy

A New York orthopedic surgery practice has sued National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford, seeking coverage for losses it sustained after it was forced to temporarily close its offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related civil authority orders.


Ala. Restaurant Sues Cincinnati Insurance for COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

An Alabama family-owned restaurant and bar has sued The Cincinnati Insurance Co. in federal court, demanding coverage for losses it sustained when the state governor closed all non-essential businesses in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.


Remote Depositions Warranted During COVID-19 Pandemic, Minn. Federal Judge Rules

A Minnesota federal judge has upheld a magistrate judge’s ruling that depositions in a patent infringement case should be conducted remotely, rather than in-person, given “the indisputable health risks connected with travel and in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.”


PPP Agent Fees MDL Petition Denied After JPML Finds ‘No Common or Predominant Defendant Across All Actions’

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied a petition to create a multidistrict litigation docket for cases filed by agents against lenders for alleged violations of the Paycheck Protection Program, concluding that “common factual questions are lacking.”


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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. Now includes access to HarrisMartin's exclusive COVID-19 Case Tracker, allowing subscribers to search cases by state, defendants, industries, and more!


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