COVID-19 lawsuits News

COVID Impacts Linger in Courtrooms, Often a Disadvantage for Defendants

Courts have reopened and trials have resumed, but the impacts of COVID-19 continue to linger in the judicial system, a panel of claims litigation experts said during the Combined Claims Conference on Thursday. For one thing, jurors are far more …

Another State Supreme Court Rules No Coverage for COVID-19 Shutdown

The South Carolina Supreme Court on August 10 became the fourth state high court in the nation to rule that the virus that causes COVID-19 cannot cause a direct physical damage or loss covered by a commercial property insurance policy. …

NHL Stymied by Judge in Its Pursuit of Billions From Insurer for COVID Damages

The National Hockey League can pursue a lawsuit against its insurance provider over losses stemming from the COVID pandemic — but not for the billions of the dollars in damages the league’s 19 clubs sought. California Superior Court Judge Sunil …

Judge Clears Kansas City COVID Business Interruption Claim for Trial

A federal judge in Kansas City has cleared a restaurant group’s COVID-related business interruption claim for jury trial, finding that an 8th Circuit Court decision that found no coverage was owed in a separate case does not apply to a …

W. Virginia Enacts COVID Liability Protections for Employers, Health Care Providers

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill that protects employers, health care providers and others from being sued due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bill offers protection from COVID-19 lawsuits even if public health guidelines were ignored. But …

Repair Your Damaged Reputations, AM Best Tells UK Insurers

While most of the COVID-related problems that plagued UK commercial property insurers will abate after the March anniversary of lockdowns, battles with reinsurers and damaged reputations are lingering impacts, AM Best said. In a commentary report, “UK Commercial Property Insurers—Looking …

Georgia Law Blocks Families of Nursing Home Residents from Suing Over COVID Deaths

A suburban Atlanta nursing home where 22 people died from COVID-19 has been faulted by state inspectors for failing to control infections, but relatives of people who died say they can’t sue because Georgia lawmakers last year blocked lawsuits unless …

Judge OKs $20M Student Fee Refund Lawsuit Against University of Kentucky

A Kentucky judge has ruled that a lawsuit seeking refunds for University of Kentucky students who had to vacate campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic could continue, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled last …

Directors & Officers Risk Landscape Shaped by Insolvencies, COVID, Activism: Allianz

While the COVID-19 pandemic presents risks for directors and officers (D&O), it is far from the only force these insureds and their insurers will be dealing with in the year ahead. Rising insolvency exposures, growing cyber security threats and persistent …

Pennsylvania Governor Strikes Down Bill That Would Have Limited COVID-19 Lawsuits

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that would have expanded liability protection against COVID-19-related lawsuits for various businesses and entities in the state as they continue to grapple with coronavirus restrictions. House Bill 1737 was initially introduced by …