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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 #1, April 2020

Zoom Shareholders File Class Action Lawsuit, Say Security Deficiencies Came to Light As a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic

A federal securities class action has been filed against Zoom Video Communications for allegedly inadequate data privacy and security measures, noting that the defendant’s software deficiencies did not come to light until the COVID-19 pandemic, when organizations increasingly relied on the defendant’s video communication software to conduct remote work activity.


Group Says U.S. Agencies Failed to Comply with FOIA Request for Details on COVID-19 Testing Rollout

A nonprofit group has sought injunctive relief in federal court, saying that two U.S. agencies have failed to comply with its FOIA request for more information regarding COVID-19 testing directives.


Princess Cruise Lines Hit With 2 COVID-19 Lawsuits in Calif. Federal Court

Five individuals have sued Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. in California federal court, alleging the company knew that at least one of its passengers had disembarked the Grand Princess with symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, but still continued sailing the next voyage of the vessel with more than 3,500 people on “an infected ship.”


Miami Restaurants Hit Lloyd’s Underwriters with COVID-19 Class Action

The owners of two Nicaraguan restaurants in the Miami area have filed a class action lawsuit against Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, seeking a ruling that it is obligated to cover COVID-19-related business income losses.


Trader Joe’s Employee Fired After Seeking COVID-19 Safety Measures, Lawsuit Says

A former Trader Joe’s employee has accused the company of terminating him because he complained that the grocery store chain would not let its employees wear protective gear and failed to implement cleaning and sanitizing procedures to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.


Prisoners at Pa. County Jail Seek Immediate Release of Inmates Over 55, Cite COVID-19 Spread Concerns

A class action complaint filed in Pennsylvania federal court has asked for the release of prisoners who are at a heightened risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 and also requested injunctive relief to require jail officials to comply with recommended safety and health measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Class Action Suit Says China Hid COVID-19 Pandemic, Harming Small Businesses

A new class action lawsuit filed in California state court says the People’s Republic of China (PRC) engaged in a cover-up of the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the subsequent spread of the virus all over the world, which has harmed small businesses in its wake.


Grand Princess Passengers File Class Action Against Cruise Line in Calif. Federal Court

A group of individuals who say they were exposed to the COVID-19 virus while passengers on the Carnival Grand Princess cruise vessel have filed a $5 million class action in California federal court, alleging they were trapped on an infected vessel and then confined at an air force base for two weeks after leaving the ship.


D.C. Sports Bar Says Covid-19 Loss of Business Income Covered Under Policy

A Washington, D.C. upscale sports bar has sued its insurer in state court, seeking coverage for loss of business income arising from its forced COVID-19-related closure.


'Constitutional Questions Presented by Proposed State Legislation Requiring Retroactive Business Interruption Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Related Claims'

State legislatures in New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, and Louisiana have introduced bills seeking to require business interruption insurance policies to cover claims relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sean Keely and Matthew Connelly of Freeborn & Peters, discuss what those bills could mean for insurers.


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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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