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Coronavirus pandemic prompts wave of ‘business interruption’ lawsuits by restaurants

Restaurants may often invest in substantial insurance coverage for their businesses, including purchasing “business interruption” coverage in case something beyond their control forces a shutdown of their operations. In mid-March, such an event happened: the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 800 COVID-19 lawsuits have been filed, according to law firm’s tracker

Wondering what kind of lawsuits are being filed in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic? A lawsuit tracker has the answer.

Health law requires US to pay insurers that lost money, Supreme Court rules

Insurers that lost money participating in the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace have a right to reimbursement under the law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Federal judge sues Allstate, claims insurer is wrongly trying to evict him during pandemic

A federal judge in Brooklyn has filed a lawsuit contending that Allstate is trying to force him and his wife to leave the property that they rented after a fire destroyed their home, despite New York’s moratorium on evictions.

Insurance company’s suit says it has no duty to cover Geragos firm’s COVID-19 business losses

Travelers Casualty Insurance Co. of America has filed a lawsuit against Geragos & Geragos that contends that it has no duty to cover the high-profile law firm’s COVID-19-related business losses.

Why the increase in malpractice risk? Lawyers for plaintiffs point to trial lawyering, bill padding

Two lawyers who handle malpractice cases are pointing to two possible reasons why BigLaw is facing increasing malpractice risks.

Do people really try to take the rap for someone else’s criminal charges?

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Supreme Court to consider cases accusing US of shorting health insurers $12B in promised payments

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether Congress must fulfill a statutory promise to pay insurers who lost money by participating in the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces.

SCOTUS overrules precedent in state immunity case; Breyer wonders what cases are next to fall

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme overruled precedent and held 5-4 that, absent consent, states can’t be sued by private parties in the courts of another state.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote…

Relaxation of contraception coverage mandate for employers blocked by 2 federal judges

Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania have issued injunctions blocking the Trump administration from relaxing the requirement for many employers to provide contraception coverage.

In the more recent decision, U.S.…

State Farm to pay $250M to settle suit claiming it orchestrated win of justice who voted its way

State Farm has agreed to pay $250 million to settle a class action claiming the insurer created a RICO enterprise to secretly fund the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, who later voted to overturn a $1.05 billion verdict against the Bloomington, Illinois-based company.

Amended suit by NRA says New York crackdown has led to financial hardship

The National Rifle Association has filed an amended lawsuit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that contends the state has caused financial hardship by discouraging banks and insurers from doing business with the organization.

South Carolina requires insurers to have plans safeguarding customer data

Less than a year from now, insurers doing business in South Carolina will be required to have a “comprehensive information security program” that protects consumer data.

Will insurance cover people who lost homes to Kilauea volcano?

Homeowners who lost their homes because of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano may not be covered for the loss, even if they have insurance.

Paralegal injured playing softball for law firm team isn’t entitled to workers’ comp, court rules

The executive director of the Delaware law firm Morris James thought softball was so important to team building that she asked job candidates whether they played. She was the softball coach, after all.

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