Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel File Nationwide Class Action Breach of Contract Lawsuit on Behalf of Six Prominent Nashville Restaurants Against Erie Insurance Exchange Over Refusal to Pay Business Insurance Claims


July 1, 2020, Nashville, Tennessee—Lieff Cabraser, The Higgins Firm, and the Law Office of Alexandra Foote have filed a federal nationwide class action lawsuit against Erie Insurance Exchange on behalf of six Nashville-area restaurants and bars accusing the insurance carrier of breach of contract in its failure to pay valid business interruption insurance claims. This is the first such federal class action filed in Nashville. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Testifies at Tennessee Senate Judiciary Hearing on Proposed COVID Liability Protections Bill

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As reported by The Nashville Post (subscription), both the Tennessee House and Senate judiciary committees advanced bills Tuesday, drafted with the help of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other business groups, intended to protect businesses, schools and other organizations from coronavirus-related litigation. [Read more…]

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…]

Lieff Cabraser & Alexandra Foote File Federal Breach of Contract Class Action Against Oregon Mutual for Business Interruption Insurance Denials

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Filed on behalf of Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Pim Techamuanvivit, this is the first nationwide class action against Oregon Mutual

May 5, 2020, San Francisco–(BUSINESSWIRE)– Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the Law Office of Alexandra Foote announce the filing of a nationwide federal class action breach of contract lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Oregon Mutual Insurance Company. This action is on behalf of famed restaurateur Pim Techamuanvivit and her San Francisco restaurants Kin Khao and Nari, as well as all other U.S. restaurants with business interruption insurance policies from Oregon Mutual. The complaint alleges that after Techamuanvivit’s restaurants suffered catastrophic financial losses in the wake of government-mandated COVID-19 business shutdowns, her restaurants’ business interruption policy claims were wrongly denied coverage by Oregon Mutual. [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…]

Lieff Cabraser & Law Office of Alexandra Foote File COVID-19 Breach of Contract Lawsuit on Behalf of Premier California Restaurant Group Against Farmers Group and Mid-Century Insurance for Nonpayment of Claims

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

Lawsuit filed by Coi and Alta Adams restaurants to be joined by subsequent high-profile restaurant suits seeking damages from insurers for interruption of business claims arising from COVID-19 shutdowns

April 30, 2020, San Francisco–(BUSINESSWIRE)– Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against Farmers’ Group and Mid-Century Insurance Company on behalf of Michelin-starred Coi Restaurant of San Francisco and Alta Adams of Los Angeles for claims including breach of contract, bad faith denial of insurance claims, and fraud. The complaint alleges that in the wake of substantial financial losses incurred after government-ordered Coronavirus-driven business shutdowns, the plaintiff restaurants made claims on their business interruption insurance policies and were instantly denied coverage by the defendant insurers. [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 (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”


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


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…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Talks To About How Plaintiffs’ Firms Are Functioning During COVID-19

Elizabeth Cabraser Talks To About How Plaintiffs’ Firms Are Functioning During COVID-19 has published a profile on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the way premier plaintiff law firms are conducting business in this week’s Critical Mass briefing for class action and mass tort attorneys. The profile features interviews with several prominent plaintiffs’ lawyers on working through isolation. The publication notes that while so-called “Big Law” defense firms have scrambled, struggling to effectuate remote work, many plaintiffs’ firms, particularly those which had previously embraced cutting-edge technological innovations, have transitioned to a fully remote working status almost seamlessly. [Read more…]