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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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Insurer Says Pa. Metal Manufacturer’s COVID-19 Losses Excluded from Coverage

Selective Insurance has moved to dismiss a Pennsylvania metal manufacturer’s COVID-19 coverage action, arguing that its loss falls under the policy’s exclusions for loss or damage caused by “ordinance or law” and “loss due to virus or bacteria.”


Virginia Beach Massage Clinic Hits State Farm with COVID-19 Class Action

A Virginia Beach massage clinic has filed a class action complaint against State Farm, demanding coverage for lost income and extra expenses it incurred when COVID-19-related civil authority orders forced it to temporarily close.


Ariz. Jewelry Store Sues Liberty Mutual for COVID-19 Business Losses

A Scottsdale, Ariz., jewelry store has sued Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., alleging that business losses arising from COVID-19 executive shutdown orders caused property damage that is covered under “all-risk” policies.


Insurer Moves to Dismiss Las Vegas Breakfast Chain’s COVID-19 Class Action

An insurer has moved to dismiss a proposed class action in which Las Vegas breakfast chain Egg Works seeks coverage for COVID-19-related business losses, arguing that the losses do not arise from a covered “Insured Event.”


Texas Restaurant Chain Sues Scottsdale, Agent, for COVID-19 Business Losses

A Mexican restaurant chain has sued Scottsdale Insurance Co. and insurance agent Terry Slater, demanding coverage for business interruption losses it sustained due to government stay-at-home orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Fla. Chiropractor Accuses Hartford of Bad Faith, Breach of Contract in COVID-19 Case

A Florida chiropractic office has sued Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., seeking coverage for business interruption losses it sustained when several clients cancelled their appointments due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.


Chicago Eatery Files COVID-19 Coverage Class Action Against Erie Insurance

Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant has filed a proposed class action against Erie Insurance Co. in an effort to recoup business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and related civil authority orders.


Dallas Restaurant Chain Sues Insurer, Broker, Demanding COVID-19 Coverage

A Dallas restaurant chain has sued Cincinnati Insurance Co. and its insurance broker, asserting that business interruption losses arising from COVID-19 civil authority orders caused physical loss or damage” that is covered under its “all-risk” policy.


Is it “Property Damage” Just Because a Jurisdictional Order Uses the Term “Property Damage”? by Chris Boggs

Chris Boggs opines that the term "property damage" as used in emergency COVID-19 government closure orders does not necessarily trigger coverage for business interruption losses.


Issue #2, May 2020

Chicago Hair Salon Sues Liberty Mutual for COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

A Chicago hair salon has sued Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., accusing the insurer of breaching its policy by denying the salon’s claim for business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and related civil authority 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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