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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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Issue #3, June 2020

S.C. Caterer Sues Sentinel, Hartford for COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

A South Carolina restaurant and catering company has filed a proposed class action against its insurers, demanding coverage of business interruption losses it sustained when it was forced to cease operations due to government shutdown orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Calif. Footwear Chain Says COVID-19, Closure Orders Caused ‘Physical Loss or Damage’

A California footwear retailer has sued Valley Forge Insurance Co., demanding coverage for losses it sustained when it was forced to temporarily close its 11 stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related state closure orders.


Calif. Daycare Says Insurer Breached Policies by Denying COVID-19 Coverage

A California daycare has filed a proposed class action against Great American Insurance Co. in an effort to recoup business interruption losses it sustained when state lawmakers forced it to temporarily close during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Scottsdale Eyewear Store Sues CNA for Coverage of COVID-19 Losses

The owner of a Scottsdale, Ariz., eyewear boutique has sued CNA in federal court, alleging that business interruption losses it incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic are covered under its policy.


Cambridge, Mass., Restaurant Owner Sues Insurer for Coverage of COVID-19 Losses

The owner of five Cambridge, Mass., restaurants and a catering business has sued Nautilus Insurance Co. to recoup losses it sustained when government orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic essentially ground its businesses to a halt.


Texas Apartment Complex Says State Farm, Agent, Mishandled COVID-19 Claim

An Austin, Texas, apartment complex has sued State Farm Lloyds and its insurance agent of conspiring to wrongfully deny its claim for rental losses arising from COVID-19-related government closure orders.


Fla. Hotel Owner Sues Starr Surplus Lines for COVID-19 Business Losses

The owner of a Florida hotel and fine dining restaurant has sued Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Co., demanding coverage for business income it lost when state lawmakers forced it to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Anytime Fitness Franchise Owner Sues Insurer for Coverage of COVID-19 Losses

The owner of five Boston-area Anytime Fitness franchises has sued Ventapro Specialty Insurance Co. for coverage of losses it sustained when government orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close its facilities.


Holland America, Carnival, Sued for Failing to Stop COVID-19 Spread During Argentina Cruise

A Nashville couple who were aboard Holland America’s MS Zaandam ship during a March trip to Argentina allege the cruise line negligently allowed the vessel to become contaminated with COVID-19, causing several passengers and crew members to fall ill, resulting in at least two confirmed virus-related deaths.


Boston Cafeteria Owner Sues Travelers for COVID-19 Business Losses, Expenses

A Boston cafeteria owner has sued Travelers Property Casualty Company of America in an attempt to recoup losses it sustained when government orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close its facilities.


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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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