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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

Temple Urges Dismissal of Tuition Refund Class Action, Says Damages ‘Speculative’

Temple University has moved to dismiss a student’s lawsuit demanding a partial tuition refund following the college’s transition to online classes in March due to COVID-19, arguing that it never contractually promised to provide exclusively in-person classroom instruction.


Proposed Class Action Says GEICO Charged ‘Excessive’ Premiums During COVID-19 Pandemic

GEICO has been hit with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court accusing it of failing to adequately refund auto insurance premiums in light of the COVID-19 crisis and related stay-at-home orders, which led to a dramatic reduction in driving and fewer accidents.


Insurer Says N.J. Ice Cream Shop’s COVID-19 Economic Losses Not Covered

An insurer is seeking dismissal of a New Jersey ice cream shop’s lawsuit seeking coverage for COVID-19-related business interruption losses, arguing that the policy does not cover “pure economic losses caused by apprehension of, or efforts to contain, a pandemic.”


Midwestern Colleges Sue Insurers for COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

Three Midwestern colleges have sued their insurers in federal court, demanding more than $300 million in coverage for losses they sustained when COVID-19 and related government orders forced them to close dorms and cancel in-person activities and sporting events.


La. Shopping Center, Hotel Owner Sues Insurer, Agents for COVID-19 Losses

The owner of a Louisiana shopping center and hotel has sued Mt. Hawley Insurance Co., demanding coverage for business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and related government closure orders.


Texas Woman Sues Travel Insurer Following Trip Cancellation

A Texas woman has accused Assicurazioni Generali Group S.p.A and its affiliates of breaching a travel insurance policy by denying reimbursement for her claim following the COVID-19-related cancellation of her Florida trip.


Restaurant Holding Co. Sues Hartford Fire for Coverage of COVID-19 Losses

A holding company that owns and operates a number of restaurants in New York and Florida through its subsidiaries has sued Hartford Fire Insurance Co. in Connecticut federal court, seeking coverage for business income losses arising from government “stay at home” orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


San Diego Barbershops Sue Hartford for COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

Two San Diego barbershops have filed a proposed class action against their insurers in federal court, seeking coverage for business interruption losses they sustained after COVID-19 civil authority orders forced them to temporarily close.


Kansas City Sub Chain Says COVID-19, Closure Orders Cause ‘Physical Loss or Damage’

A Kansas City sandwich shop chain has sued State Auto Property & Casualty Company Inc. for coverage of business interruption losses it sustained when it was forced to close its dining rooms in compliance with COVID-19 government orders.


Minn. Day Spa Sues Travelers Following Denial of COVID-19 Claim

A Minneapolis day spa that was forced to shut down in compliance with COVID-19 civil authority orders contends in a lawsuit that its business losses are covered because it has suffered “direct physical loss of or damage” to its insured property.


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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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