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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

San Diego Church Says COVID-19 Assembly Ban Violates its Constitutional Rights

A San Diego church has sued county health officials in federal court, accusing them of violating its First Amendment rights by banning in-person church services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Purdue University Sued for Refunds Following COVID-19 Transition to Online Classes

A senior at Purdue University has filed a class action against the school, seeking a partial refund of tuition, on-campus housing, meals and fees after it moved all classes online for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Philadelphia Restaurant Sues Seeking Coverage for Coronavirus Business Losses

Owners of a Philadelphia restaurant asked a federal judge to rule that losses stemming from statewide closure of certain businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak are covered under an all risk policy issued to the eatery.


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.


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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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