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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

Chicago Area Restaurants, Movie Theatre Sue Society Insurance for COVID-19 Losses

Society Insurance has been hit with another class action seeking coverage for COVID-19 business income losses, this time filed by the owners of Chicago-area restaurants and a movie theatre.


Nashville Barbecue Eatery Sues Insurer Following Denial of COVID-19 Business Loss Claim

A barbecue restaurant in downtown Nashville has sued its insurer for refusing to pay for business interruption losses and loss of business revenue the restaurant sustained when it was forced to close due to COVID-19 exposure and governmental shutdown orders.


Wash. D.C. Beauty Salons Sue Insurer After Being Forced to Shutter Due to COVID-19

Two high-end Washington, D.C., beauty salons have sued Erie Insurance Exchange in federal court, accusing it of wrongly denying their claims for business losses arising from COVID-19 governmental closure orders.


Ill. Restaurant Files Class Action After Erie Insurance Denies COVID-19 Business Losses Claim

An Illinois eatery has filed a class action against Erie Insurance Co. in federal court, seeking a ruling that COVID-19-related business losses constitute a covered ‘loss’ under the carrier’s ‘all-risk’ policies.


Travelers Faces Class Action Filed by Seattle Dentist Seeking Loss of Business Income Coverage

Travelers Casualty Insurance Company of America has been hit with a class action in which a Seattle-area dentist has demanded coverage for business income losses he sustained after his practice temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Philly Clothing Store Says Losses Caused by Civil Authority Closure Covered Under Policy

The owner of a Philadelphia area women’s clothing store has sued its insurer in federal court, demanding coverage for business interruption losses it incurred after governmental shutdown orders forced it to close its doors.


Medical Center Sues Travelers for ‘Continuing to Deny’ COVID-19 Claims

A non-profit hospital filed a class action April 22 against Travelers Property Casualty, accusing the insurer of wrongfully denying its claims for coverage of COVID-19-related losses.


Owner of Social App Houseparty Accused of Breaching Calif. Privacy Laws

The social networking application Houseparty and its owner, Epic Games Inc., have been hit with a class action, accusing them of failing to tell users that it routinely discloses their personal information to unauthorized third parties, including Facebook, without their consent.


Seattle Dentist Files Class Action Against Aspen Insurance for COVID-19 Closure Losses

A Seattle-area dentist has filed a class action against his insurer, Aspen American Insurance Co., maintaining that his personal property policy covers loss of business income due to government-mandated COVID-19 closures.


Preschool Owners Demand Coverage for COVID-19-Related Business Interruption Losses

The owners of two Ohio Goddard Schools have sued Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. (PIIC) in federal court, accusing it of denying their claims for COVID-19-related business interruption losses in bad faith.


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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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