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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

Georgia Officials Accused of Voting Rights Act Violations During COVID-19 Pandemic

A Georgia civil rights group has sued state and Gwinnett County officials in federal court, accusing them of mailing English-only mail-in ballot applications to county residents — many of whom are Latino — during the COVID-19 crisis.


'Reinsurance Arbitrations in the Age of COVID-19: Including the Use of Zoom,' by Debra J. Hall and Robert M. Hall

Debra J. Hall and Robert M. Hall examine arbitration as a means of resolving COVID-19-related reinsurance disputes between ceding and assuming insurers.


Adult Entertainment Business Calls SBA’s Finding that Business is Ineligible for PPP Funding Unconstitutional

An adult entertainment facility has filed a lawsuit against the United States Small Business Administration, arguing that the SBA’s finding that establishments of a similar nature are ineligible for funding under the Paycheck Protection Program is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.


Shoe Wholesaler Sues Hartford for COVID-19-Related Business Losses

A Greenwich, Conn., wholesale footwear company has sued Hartford Fire Insurance Co. in California court, seeking coverage under an “all risks” property policy for COVID-19-related business income losses.


Chicago Tavern Sues Insurer for Coverage of COVID-19-Related Losses

The owner of a Chicago tavern has sued Society Insurance Co. in Illinois state court, accusing it of wrongly denying its claim for “direct physical loss or damage” arising from government mandated COVID-19 closures.


Drexel University Student Files Class Action Seeking Refund for Canceled In-Person Classes

A Drexel University student has filed a class action in South Carolina federal court, seeking a partial refund of tuition and fees for the spring 2020 semester due to the Philadelphia college’s cancelation of in-person classes and activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Small Business Says Bank of America Violated CARES Act, Refused Loans to Non-Customers

A federal class action accuses Bank of America of violating the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act by refusing to accept loan applications for small businesses unless they were active borrowers with the bank as of February.


Class Action Says ‘Unsanitary’ Conditions at Pa. Federal Prison Causing Spread of COVID-19

Three inmates have filed a class action petition against the warden of a Pennsylvania federal prison, alleging that the facility has been “dangerously slow” to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 in its facility.


Marijuana Dispensaries Sue Mass. Governor for Classifying Shops as ‘Non-Essential’ Under COVID-19 Closure Orders

Several plaintiffs have sued the Governor of Massachusetts, contending that his orders closing non-essential businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused irreparable damage to the adult-use cannabis industry and its customers.


Class Action Says Wells Fargo Violated CARES Act by Refusing Small Business Loans to Non-Customers

A new federal class action accuses Wells Fargo Bank of violating the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act by refusing to accept loan applications for small businesses unless they had a business checking account at the bank as of Feb. 15.


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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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