Mark Chalos Talks To The Tennessean’s David Plazas About Fair Trials, The Law, and COVID-19 Insurance Claim Problems

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos recently spoke with The Tennessean’s Opinion Editor, David Plazas, in a wide-ranging conversation about law, society, and the impact of COVID-19 on the American justice system. Topics included how the pandemic is affecting the courts’ ability to carry out fair trials, and how the denial of coronavirus business interruption insurance claims is affecting  small businesses across the U.S. [Read more…]

House Committee Opens Probe Into Carnival Cruise Lines Alleged Mishandling of COVID-19 Outbreaks

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Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has opened an investigation into Carnival Cruise Line’s allegedly negligent mishandling of the deadly Coronavirus outbreaks that have resulted in over 1,500 confirmed infections on its cruise ships as well as the deaths of dozens of passengers and crew members. [Read more…]

Companies Denied Business Interruption Insurance Claims Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Battle The Insurance Industry

Companies Denied Business Interruption Insurance Claims Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Battle The Insurance Industry

The Washington Post reports that as mandatory isolation orders have caused the shutdown of businesses across the nation, a multibillion-dollar deadlock has arisen between the nation’s leading insurers and the companies that purchase their business interruption insurance policies. The heated battle between the groups hinges on the question of whether insurance providers should have to pay claims to businesses that have shuttered as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. [Read more…]

Largest Group of Class Actions Filed Over COVID-19 Outbreak Likely To Come From Employees

Largest Group of Class Actions Filed Over COVID-19 Outbreak Likely To Come From Employees

As economic uncertainty and unemployment concerns rise, lawyers in the class action bar are predicting the largest group of lawsuits to be filed over the Covid-19 outbreak will likely come from employees, over illegal conduct including denied wages, discrimination in layoffs, and unsafe working conditions, as well as potential labor antitrust cases relating to collusion by employers to suppress wages and improperly restrict employee mobility. As reported by Law.com (subscription), in the midst of massive economic disruption due to coronavirus-related shutdowns, the U.S. Labor Department has released new statistics that show nearly twenty-two million people applied for unemployment benefits during the past month. [Read more…]

Carnival Cruise Execs Knew Early About Coronavirus Problem But Chose to “Keep Party Going”

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As reported by Bloomberg Businessweek, more than 1,500 passengers on Carnival’s cruise ship lines have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic, and at least several dozen have died from the illness. Information has emerged revealing that Carnival cruise ship execs knew earlier than most just how bad the coronavirus problem was aboard their fleet, but chose to “keep the party going for as long as possible.” [Read more…]

Mary Alexander and Lieff Cabraser Announce Federal Class Action Injury Lawsuit Against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines Over COVID-19 Outbreak on California to Hawaii Cruise

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Lawsuit filed in Northern District of California alleges negligent and grossly negligent exposure of over 2,000 cruise ship passengers to novel Coronavirus

San Francisco–(BUSINESSWIRE)– Passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship have filed a class action injury lawsuit today in San Francisco Federal Court alleging they were exposed to the Coronavirus as a result of gross negligence by the companies that own and operate the ship. The law firms of Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP represent passengers of the Grand Princess cruise that departed San Francisco for Hawaii on February 21, 2020. The lawsuit is against Carnival, Princess Cruise Lines, and Fairline Shipping International Ltd. (the vessel’s owner). [Read more…]