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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

Walmart Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following Employee’s Death From COVID-19

The family of a Walmart employee who died from COVID-19 has sued the company in Illinois state court, accusing it of negligently failing to protect employees and customers from the virus.


'COVID-19: Update on Managing Civil Litigation During Coronavirus Shutdown'

Christina Sarchio, Christopher S. Ruhland, Selby P. Brown and Jim Kilduff of Dechert LLP provide an overview of federal and state courts' latest responses to the challenges posed by COVID-19.


Class Action Filed Against Stubhub, Says Ticket Reseller Refusing to Refund Money for Cancelled Events

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Stubhub Inc., contending that the ticket reseller violated its own FanProtect guarantee when it refused to refund money to customers who purchased tickets to events cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Plaintiffs Had Sought Injunction Against Milwaukee Election Commission Before Wisconsin Governor’s Cancellation of Primaries

Plaintiffs in Wisconsin have filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the Milwaukee Election Commission, maintaining that changes made to an upcoming election in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have “disproportionately” restricted African Americans in the district from casting their votes.


Commentary - Michigan's COVID-19 Response by the Detroit Bar Association President

In less than two short weeks in March, a series of executive orders aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan dramatically altered our personal and professional lives.


Texas Theatre Owner Says COVID-19 Losses Covered Under ‘Pandemic Event’ Endorsement

The Houston-based owner of a chain of dine-in movie theatres and a restaurant have asked a federal judge for a ruling that its insurer, Certain Underwriters’ at Lloyd’s, must pay for business interruption claims arising from COVID-19 closures.


Lawsuit Says Independent Contractors Should Receive Aid Under CARES Act

A Colorado law firm has asked a federal judge to enjoin the United States Small Business Administration from barring independent contractor workers from receiving aid under the COVID-19 stimulus package.


3rd Cir. Panel Says ‘Mere Existence of COVID-19’ Does Not Justify Compassionate Release

A federal appeals panel has refused to decide a prisoner’s COVID-19-related compassionate-release motion, ruling that he must first exhaust the administrative process for such release through the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) before turning to the courts.


Watchdog Group Sues Fox News for Calling COVID-19 Pandemic a ‘Hoax’

A non-profit watchdog organization has sued Fox News and its CEO Rupert Murdoch in Washington state court, accusing them of downplaying the danger posed by the spread of COVID-19 in its broadcasts.


'COVID-19 Insurance Update: Possible Government Solutions to the Debates over Insurance Coverage for Business Interruption Losses'

Patrick Frye of Freeborn & Peters explains that state and federal lawmakers have discussed possible solutions that would ensure payment to insured businesses. He notes that in each proposal, the payment would initially come from the insurer, but the proposals vary as to whether the insurance industry or the government would ultimately fund those payments.


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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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