COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Claims

Clark Hill’s team of attorneys and advisors is closely monitoring the regulatory and legal developments in connection with COVID-19 and continue to provide guidance to our clients as we navigate this crisis. Intense pressure is being brought to bear upon the insurance industry through individual lawsuits, class actions, regulatory mandates, and state and federal legislative action. On a daily basis, we will post complaints, regulatory circulars, and our own commentary in connection with COVID-19 in order that you be updated and informed regarding these important developments for the insurance industry.

We invite you to contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding this material or how it may affect your business.

Robert Tomilson | rtomilson@clarkhill.com | (215) 640-8550

Joseph Donley | jdonley@clarkhill.com | (215) 640-8525

 

Commercial General Liability D&O, E&O, EPLI

Class Action Filed Against Cruise Line from COVID-19 Death of Retired Firefighter – Dorety, et al. v. Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (C.D. Cal. Apr. 15, 2020)

Passengers Sue Cruise Liner for Handling of Coronavirus – Nevis v. Costa Crociere S.P.A, et al. (S.D. Fla. Apr. 14, 2020)

Estate of Deceased Walmart Associate Sues for Wrongful Death from COVID-19 – Evans v. Walmart, Inc. and J2M – Evergreen, LLC (Ill. Ct. Cl. Apr. 7, 2020)

Consumer Privacy Class Action Filed Against Zoom – Cullen, et al. v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc. (N.D. Cal. Mar. 30, 2020)

Class Action Filed Against Maker of Purell – DiBartolo, et al. v. Gojo Inds., Inc. (E.D. N.Y. Mar. 25, 2020)

Class Action Filed Against Germ-X – David, et al. v. Vi-Jon, Inc. d/b/a Germ-X (S.D. Cal. Mar. 5, 2020)

Lawsuit Alleges Wrongful Termination Under Newly-Enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Jones v. Eastern Airlines, LLC, et al. (E.D. Pa. Apr. 16, 2020)

Crewmembers File Class Action Against Cruise Liner for Handling of Coronavirus – Nedeltcheva, et al. v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc. (S.D. Fla. Apr. 14, 2020)

Zoom and Its Executives Face Shareholder Action Over Consumer Privacy Issues – Drieu, et al. v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., et al. (N.D. Cal. Apr. 7, 2020)

Securities Class Action Filed Against Cruise Line - Douglas et al. v. Norwegian Cruise Lines, et al. (S.D. Fla. Mar. 12, 2020)

Securities Class Action Filed Against Inovio Pharmaceuticals – McDermid, et al. v. Inovio Pharma., Inc., et al. (E.D. Pa. Mar. 12, 2020)

Property (BI, CBI) Other

Western PA Medical Center Files Class Action for Business Interruption Coverage – Windber Hospital d/b/a Chan Soon Shiong Med. Cntr., et al. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. (W.D. Pa. Apr. 23, 2020)

High Profile Hollywood Attorney Sues Insurer on Behalf of His Restaurant – Mark's Engine Co. No. 28 Rest., LLC v. The Travelers Indem. Co. of Conn., et al. (Cal. Sup. Ct. Apr. 15, 2020)

Philly Restaurant Cites Governor’s “Contamination” Language – LH Dining LLC dba River Twice Rest. v Admiral Indem. Co. (E.D.Pa. April 10, 2020)

High Profile Hollywood Attorney Sues Insurer on Behalf of Business Center – 837 Foothill Blvd., LLC v. The Travelers Indemn. Co. of Conn., et al. (Cal. Super. Ct. Apr. 9, 2020)

Florida Restaurant Brings Nationwide Class Action Seeking BI Coverage -- El Novillo Rest. dba DJJ Rest. Corp., et al. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, et al. (S.D. Fla. Apr. 9, 2020)

Scuba Shop Added to List of COVID-19-related Business Income Plaintiffs – Mace Marine Inc., dba Conch Republic Divers v. Tokio Marine Spec. Ins. Co. (Fla. Cir. Ct. Apr. 6, 2020)

Dental Practice Sues for Business Income Coverage – Sandy Point Dental PC v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co., et al. (N.D. Ill. Apr. 6, 2020)

Shoe Manufacturer Suing for BI Alleges Greater than $100mm in Purported Loss – Moda, LLC, et al. v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co. (Cal. Sup. Ct. Apr. 3, 2020)

Indiana Theater Sues Insurer for Business Income Coverage – Indiana Repertory Theatre, Inc. v. The Cincinnati Cas. Co. (Ind. Super. April 3, 2020)

Class Action Brought Against Gym for Charging for All of March -- Jampol, et al. v. Blink Holdings, Inc. (S.D. N.Y. April 2, 2020)

Another Tavern Sues Its Business Income Insurer -- Prime Time Sports Grill, Inc., dba Prime Time Sports Bar v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London (M.D. Fla. April 2, 2020)

Chain of Chicago Bars Sues Insurer for Business Income Coverage - Billy Goat Tavern I, Inc., et al. v. Society Ins. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 31, 2020)

Prominent Miami Restaurant Sues Its Business Income Insurer – Café La Trova LLC v. Aspen Specialty Ins. Co. (Fla. Cir. Ct. Mar. 31, 2020)

Chicago Restaurants and Theaters Sue Business Property Insurer - Big Onion Tavern Group, et al. v. Society Ins., Inc. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 27, 2020)

Wig and Hair Extension Store Seeks Business Income Coverage –Snowden dba Hair Goals Club v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co. (Tex. Dist. Mar. 26, 2020)

Thomas Keller Restaurant Group Sues Insurers Over Business Income Coverage – French Laundry Partners, LP, et al. v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., et al. (Cal. Super. Ct. March 25, 2020)

Tribal Nation Sues Property Insurers - Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce v. Lexington Ins. Co. et al. (Okla. Dist. Ct. Mar. 24, 2020)

Tribal Nation Sues Property Insurers - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma v. Lexington Ins. Co. et al. (Okla. Dist. Ct. Mar. 24, 2020)

Oceana Grill Sue for Business Income Coverage - Cajun Conti LLC, et al. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, et al. (La. Dist. Ct. March 16, 2020)

Coop Sues Tenant for Violating Guest Policy Amid COVID-19 Restrictions – The Hamilton Owners Corp. v. Seltzer (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Apr. 9, 2020)

At Sea Nurse Event and Cruise Line Sued for COVID-19-related Cancellations – Mitchell, et al. v. Nursecon at Sea, LLC and Royal Caribbean Int’l (S.D. Fla. Apr. 8, 2020)

Another Class Action Suit Filed Against United Over Cancelled Flights – Utley, et al. v. United Airlines Holdings, Inc. and United Airlines, Inc. (N.D. Ohio Apr. 7, 2020).

United Facing Class Action Litigation Over Cancelled Flights – Compo, et al. v. United Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (E.D. Ill. Apr. 6, 2020)

United Airlines Hit with Consumer Class Action Over Cancelled Flights – Rudolph, et al. v. United Airlines Holds., Inc., et al. (N.D. Ill. Apr. 6, 2020)

Class Action Filed Against Arizona Universities for Room and Board - Rosenkratz et al. v. Arizona Board of Regents (D. Ariz. Mar. 27, 2020)

$20 Trillion Class Action Filed Against China - Buzz Photos, et al. v. People’s Republic of China, et al. (N.D. Tex. Mar. 17, 2020)

Class Action Filed Against China Over COVID-19 – Alters, et al. v. People’s Republic of China, et al. (S.D. Fla. Mar. 13, 2020)

Tour Company Sued for Cancelled Trip – Douglas v. EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc., et al. (Sup. Ct. Cal. Mar. 11, 2020)

Class Action Filed Against Princess Cruise Lines – Weissberger, et al. v. Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (C.D. Cal. Mar. 9, 2020)