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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 #2, May 2020

Key West Dive Shop Moves to Remand COVID-19 Coverage Action

A Key West dive shop has moved to remand to state court its action demanding coverage from Tokio Marine Specialty Insurance Co. for COVID-19 business interruption losses, arguing that the amount in controversy does not meet the $75,000 threshold.


Casino Owner Sues Affiliated FM for COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage

The owner of two casinos has sued Affiliated FM Insurance Co., demanding coverage for business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and civil authority shutdown orders issued in response to the virus.


Fla. Dental Practice Files Proposed Class Action, Demanding Coverage for COVID-19 Losses

A Florida dental practice has filed a proposed class action against Sentinel Insurance Co. and its parent corporation, the Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., seeking coverage for losses it sustained after COVID-19 civil authority orders barred it from performing anything but emergency procedures.


Key West Hotel Owner Sues Fireman’s Fund for COVID-19 Business Losses

A Key West, Fla., hotel owner has sued Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., alleging that the COVID-19 pandemic caused it to sustain direct physical loss to its insured property, triggering coverage under its policy.


Wash. Dental Practice Files Proposed COVID-19 Class Action Against Insurer

An Olympia, Wash., dental practice has filed a proposed class action against Travelers Casualty Insurance Company of America, seeking coverage for business income losses it sustained after state and local COVID-19 civil authority orders barred it from performing anything but emergency procedures.


Ice Cream, Party Goods Companies Demand Coverage for COVID-19 Business Losses

The owners of an ice cream store chain and a party wares company have filed a proposed class action against their insurers, demanding coverage for business losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and related civil authority orders.


House Lawmakers Propose Creation of Reinsurance Program for Pandemic Risks

A senior member of the House Financial Services Committee has proposed a multi-million-dollar reinsurance program modeled after the Terrorism Risk Reinsurance Act, which would create a backstop for pandemic risks.


Nev. RV Park Sues K&K Insurance for Coverage of COVID-19 Business Losses

A Nevada RV park and restaurant has sued K&K Insurance, seeking a ruling that the COVID-19 pandemic and related civil authority orders caused it to sustain business losses that are insured under its policy.


Ga. Law Firm Sues Hartford, Seeking Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

A law firm that specializes in bankruptcy litigation has filed a class action against Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., seeking coverage for business losses after COVID-19 executive orders caused it to “significantly curtail its legal practice.”


Mich. Restaurant Files Class Action Against Insurer, Demands Coverage for COVID-19 Losses

A Michigan restaurant has hit Conifer Holdings LLC with a proposed class action demanding coverage for business losses the eatery sustained due to government stay-at-home orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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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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