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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 #4, July 2020

Steel Shelving Co. Sues Insurer in Attempt to Recoup COVID-19-Related Losses

A steel shelving company has filed a proposed class action against Selective Insurance Company of America, seeking coverage for losses allegedly caused by government orders requiring the closure of all non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.


‘Cheers’ Bar Owner Sues Insurers for Coverage of COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

The owner of the famed “Cheers” bar and three other Boston eateries has sued its insurers in federal court, demanding coverage for business losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and related civil authority orders.


RW Restaurant Group Sues Charter Oak for COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage

The owners of eight restaurants in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas have filed a proposed class action against Charter Oak Insurance Co., seeking to recoup losses arising from government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions that required the eateries to suspend or curtail operations.


Research Firm Says Insurer’s COVID-19 Lawsuit Does Not Belong in Texas

Research firm Gartner Inc. has asked a Texas federal court to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction an insurer’s lawsuit disclaiming liability for COVID-19-related event cancellations beyond the $150 million policy limit.


Hartford Casualty Says Virus Exclusion Bars COVID-19 Coverage for Fla. Chiropractor

Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. has moved to dismiss a Florida chiropractic office’s lawsuit demanding coverage for COVID-19-related business interruption losses, arguing that the policy does not cover losses caused by a virus.


Owners of D.C. Fine Dining Restaurants Sue Charter Oak for Coverage of COVID-19 Losses

The owners of six award-winning restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area have filed a proposed class action against Charter Oak Insurance Co., seeking to recoup losses arising from government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions that required the eateries to suspend or curtail operations.


Boston Restaurant Says COVID-19, Civil Authority Orders Triggered Coverage

A Boston restaurant has filed a proposed class action against its insurer in Massachusetts federal court in an effort to recoup business interruption losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic and related government closure orders.


Insurer Moves to Stay COVID-19 Coverage Action Pending JPML Consolidation Ruling

Ohio Security Insurance Co. has moved to stay a lawsuit filed by a Miami gym seeking coverage for COVID-19-related business interruption losses pending the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s decision to consolidate and transfer such actions for pretrial proceedings.


Calif. Frozen Yogurt Shop Sues Insurer for COVID-19 Business Income Losses

A Southern California frozen yogurt shop has sued The Hanover Insurance Co. for coverage of business interruption losses it incurred when government orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to temporarily close.


Palm Springs Restaurant Says COVID-19 Orders Caused Physical Loss of Property

A Palm Springs, Calif., brunch restaurant has sued Nationwide Insurance Co. in an effort to recoup business interruption losses it suffered when it closed following the issuance of COVID-19 government stay-at-home orders.


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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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