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Class Action Litigation Related to COVID-19: Filed and Anticipated Cases (Updated July 2)

Last updated July 2, 2020

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still unfolding, class actions related to the coronavirus have already arrived and are on the rise. Despite unprecedented court closures and changing procedural rules, COVID-19 class actions have steadily increased and are expected to expand across industries, jurisdictions, and areas of law. The impact of COVID-19 on business operations, consumer activity, and economic forecasts has made clear that the filings to date are only an early indication of what is to come.

The following is a categorized summary of coronavirus-related class action litigation filed to date, highlighting the core allegations of each complaint. We also note where no recently filed actions have been identified, but we anticipate significant litigation.

We will be updating this list as new class action cases are filed. Other guidance and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic is available on the firm’s directory of COVID-19 resources.

BANKING AND DEBT COLLECTION

Banks and financial institutions are facing class action litigation aimed at preventing foreclosures and suspending debt collection. These businesses may also encounter class action litigation from commercial clients based on their role in providing access to government relief under the CARES Act and other legislation.

CARES/PPP

Cases filed to date against banks concerning their administration of loans under the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program seeking monetary damages and injunctive and declaratory relief include:

  • Lopez v. Bank of America, N.A., No. 20-cv-04172 (N.D. Cal. June 24, 2020); Panda Group, PC v. Bank of America Corp., No. 20-cv-00045 (D. Utah May 11, 2020);  Studio 1220, Inc. v. Bank of America, N.A., No. 20-cv-03081 (N.D. Cal. May 5, 2020); Profiles, Inc. v. Bank of America Corp., No. 1:20-cv-00894 (D. Md. Apr. 3, 2020);

    • Motion for Multidistrict Litigation pending: MDL No. 2952

  • Johnson v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 20-cv-04858 (S.D.N.Y. June 24, 2020); Quinn v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 20-cv-04100 (S.D.N.Y. May 28, 2020); Smukler v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 20-cv-03413 (N.D. Cal. May 20, 2020); VR Consultants, Inc. v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., No. 20-cv-06110 (D.N.J. May 20, 2020); KPA Promotions & Awards, Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., No. 20-cv-03910 (S.D.N.Y. May 19, 2020); ImpAcct, LLC v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., No. 20-cv-01344 (D. Colo. May 12, 2020); TDD Dallas LLC v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. DC-20-06259 (Tex. Dist. Ct. Apr. 30, 2020); Sha-Poppin Gourmet Popcorn LLC v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 1:20-cv-02523 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 24, 2020); Hyde-Edwards Salon & Spa v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., No. 20-cv-00762 (S.D. Cal. Apr. 22, 2020);

  • Henning v. PNC Financial Services GroupInc., No. 20-cv-00905 (W.D. Pa. June 17, 2020); Winner v. PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., No. 20-cv-03515 (N.D. Ill. June 16, 2020); Lincoln Network, Inc. v. PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., No. 20-cv-02824 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Henning v. Summit Bank, No. 20-cv-00899 (W.D. Pa. June 17, 2020);

  • Prinzo & Associates LLC v. IberiaBank Corp., No. 20-cv-00904 (W.D. Pa. June 17, 2020);

  • Ratliff CPA Firm, PC v. Citizens Bank, No. 20-cv-02240 (D.S.C. June 12, 2020); Ratliff CPA Firm, PC v. Intuit Inc., No. 20-cv-02241 (D.S.C. June 12, 2020); Ratliff CPA Firm, PC v. First Reliance Bank, No. 20-cv-02208 (D.S.C. June 11, 2020); Ratliff CPA Firm, PC v. Pinnacle Bank, No. 20-cv-02225 (D.S.C. June 11, 2020); Ratliff CPA Firm, PC v. Truist Bank, No. 20-cv-02207 (D.S.C. June 11, 2020); Ratliff CPA Firm, PC v. First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co., No. 20-cv-02041 (D.S.C. May 29, 2020);

  • Fahmia, Inc. v. Comerica Inc., No. 20-cv-01536 (N.D. Tex. June 11, 2020); Fahmia, Inc. v. Zions Bancorporation, N.A., No. 20-cv-05104 (C.D. Cal. June 9, 2020);

  • Fruci & Associates, PS v. A10 Capital LLC, No. 20-cv-00864 (W.D. Wash. June 6, 2020);

  • Aloha Accounting & Tax LLC v. First Hawaiian Bank, No. 20-cv-00254 (D. Haw. June 2, 2020);

  • Prinzo & Associates, LLC v. BMO Harris Bank, N.A., No. 20-cv-03256 (N.D. Ill. June 2, 2020);

  • Fahmia, Inc. v. Citibank, N.A., No. 20-cv-04146 (S.D.N.Y. May 29, 2020); Am. Video Duplicating, Inc. v. Citigroup Inc., No. 20-cv-03815 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 27, 2020);

  • Fahmia, Inc. v. MUFG Americas Holding Co., No. 20-cv-04145 (S.D.N.Y. May 29, 2020);

  • Quinn v. Signature Bank Corp., No. 20-cv-04144 (S.D.N.Y. May 29, 2020);

  • Fahmia, Inc. v. Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc., No. 20-cv-00965 (C.D. Cal. May 26, 2020);

  • Panda Accounting LLC v. Academy Bank, N.A., No. 20-cv-00985 (D. Ariz. May 20, 2020);

  • Hallockshannon, PC v. Citizens & Northern Corp., No. 20-cv-00714 (W.D. Pa. May 15, 2020);

  • Alliant CPA Group, LLC v. Bank of America, No. 20-cv-02026 (N.D. Ga. May 11, 2020);

    • Transferred into a Multi-District Litigation: MDL No. 2950

  • Zamora-Orduna Realty Group, LLC v. BBVA USA, No. 20-cv-00579 (W.D. Tex. May 11, 2020);

  • Brunner Accounting Group v. SVB Financial Group, No. 20-cv-04235 (C.D. Cal. May 8, 2020);

  • BAM Navigation, LLC v. Wells Fargo & Co., No. 20-cv-01345 (D. Minn. June 11, 2020); Marselian v. Wells Fargo & Co., No. 20-cv-03166 (N.D. Cal. May 8, 2020);

    • Motion for Multidistrict Litigation pending: MDL No. 2954

  • Byrnes v. Fountainhead Commercial Capital, LLC, No. 20-cv-04149 (C.D. Cal. May 6, 2020);

  • Bookmyer v. PNC Bank, N.A., No. 20-cv-02284 (S.D. Ohio May 5, 2020);

  • In re JP Morgan Chase Paycheck Protection Plan Litigation, MDL No. 2944 (May 1, 2020);

  • Am. Video Duplicating, Inc. v. Royal Bank of Canada, No. 2:20-cv-04036 (C.D. Cal. May 1, 2020);

  • A.D. Sims, LLC v. Wintrust Financial Corp., No. 20-cv-02644 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 30, 2020);

  • Lowry v. U.S. Bancorp., No. 1:20-cv-00348 (S.D. Ohio Apr. 30, 2020); Ryan M. Kull Licensed Clinical Social Work LLC v. Chase Bank USA, N.A., No. 1:20-cv-03138 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Leigh, King, Norton & Underwood, LLC v. Regions Financial Corp., No. 2:20-cv-00591 (N.D. Ala. Apr. 28, 2020);

  • Zamora-Orduna Realty Group, LLC v. BBVA USA, No. 2020CI07450 (Tex. Dist. Ct. Apr. 21, 2020);

    • Defendant filed a notice of removal to the District Court for the Western District of Texas on May 11, 2020: No. 20-cv-00579;

  • Kennard Law, P.C. v. Frost Bank, No. 2020-24432 (Tex. Dist. Ct. Apr. 18, 2020);

  • Scherer v. Frost Bank, No. 4:20-cv-01297 (S.D. Tex. Apr. 12, 2020); Scherer v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 4:20-cv-01295 (S.D. Tex. Apr. 11, 2020).

DEBT RELIEF

Cases filed to date against financial institutions seeking the suspension of loan repayment, debt collection, and foreclosure include:

  • Sass v. Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc., No. 20-cv-03424 (N.D. Cal. May 20, 2020) (alleging that loan servicers and credit reporting agencies inaccurately reported information regarding loans that were suspended by the CARES Act);

  • Oksenendler v. Northstar Education Finance, Inc., No. 20-cv-00805 (D. Minn. Mar. 26, 2020) (seeks suspension of a student loan repayment program based on changed conditions);

  • Shuff v. Bank of America, No. 5:20-cv-00184 (S.D. W. Va. Mar. 16, 2020) (seeks an injunction to temporarily suspend foreclosure actions).

EDUCATION

Educational programs and institutions, in particular colleges and universities, are facing class action claims by students related to campus closures, access to resources, and future operations. Cases filed to date against educational institutions seeking the refund of university tuition, room, board, and other fees paid by students based on breach of contract and other theories include:

  • Schultz v. Emory University, No. 20-cv-022661 (N.D. Ga. June 24, 2020); DeMasi v. Emory University, No. 20-cv-02002 (N.D. Ga. May 8, 2020);

  • Choi v. University of Southern California, No. 20-cv-05573 (C.D. Cal. June 23, 2020); Doe v. University of Southern California, No. 20-cv-04172 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 7, 2020); Watson v. University of Southern California, No. 20-cv-04107 (C.D. Cal. May 5, 2020); Diaz v. University of Southern California, No. 20-cv-4066 (C.D. Cal. May 4, 2020);

  • Barkhordar v. Harvard University, No. 20-cv-11203 (D. Mass. June 22, 2020); Student A v. Harvard University, No. 20-cv-10968 (D. Mass. May 20, 2020);

  • Ninivaggi v. University of Delaware, No. 20-cv-02762 (E.D.N.Y. June 22, 2020);

    • Notice of Removal filed in the Eastern District of New York on June 22, 2020 – No. 20-cv-02762;

  • Doemel v. Arizona Board of Regents, No. 20-cv-01203 (D. Ariz. June 17, 2020); Diaz v. Arizona Bd. of Regents, No. 20-cv-01126 (D. Ariz. June 8; 2020); Raftopoulous-Johnson v. Arizona Bd. Of Regents, No. 20-cv-04399 (D.N.J. Apr. 17, 2020); Rosenkrantz v. Arizona Bd. of Regents, No. 20-cv-00613 (D. Ariz. Mar. 27, 2020);

  • Ballas v. University of Nevada, No. CV-20-00922 (Nev. Dist. Ct. June 17, 2020);

  • Student A v. Santa Clara University, No. 20-cv-04045 (N.D. Cal. June 17, 2020);

  • Ballas v. State of Nevada ex rel. Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, No. CV20-00922 (Nev. Dist. Ct. June 17, 2020);

  • Romankow v. New York University, No. 20-cv-04616 (S.D.N.Y. June 16, 2020); Morales v. New York University, No. 20-cv-04418 (S.D.N.Y. June 9, 2020); Zagoria v. New York University, No. 20-cv-03610 (S.D.N.Y. May 8, 2020); Rynasko v. New York University, No. 20-cv-03250 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2020);

  • Longo v. Campus Advantage, Inc., No. 20-cv-01363 (M.D. Fla. June 12, 2020) (campus housing);

  • Placko v. University of Illinois, No. 20-cv-03451 (N.D. Ill. June 12, 2020);

  • Crawford v. Board of Regents of Georgetown University, No. 20-cv-01539 (D.D.C. June 11, 2020); Doe v. Georgetown University, No. 20-cv-01370 (D.D.C. May 21, 2020); Student A v. Georgetown University, No. 20-cv-05937 (D.N.J. May 15, 2020);

  • Oyoque v. DePaul University, No. 20-cv-03431 (N.D. Ill. June 11, 2020); Chavez v. DePaul University, No. 20-cv-02865 (N.D. Ill. May 12, 2020);

  • Buschauer v. Columbia College Chicago, No. 20-cv-03394 (N.D. Ill. June 9, 2020);

  • Montesano v. Catholic University of America, No. 20-cv-01496 (D.D.C. June 8, 2020);

  • Birdsall v. BYU, No. 20-cv-00270 (D. Idaho June 8, 2020);

  • Metzner v. Quinnipiac University, No. 20-cv-00784 (D. Conn. June 5, 2020); Hotter v. Quinnipiac University, No. 20-cv-05592 (D.N.J. May 6, 2020);

  • Gunter v. Louisiana State University & Agricultural & Mechanical College, No. 20-cv-00346 (M.D. La. June 5, 2020);

  • Salerno v. Florida Southern College, No. 20-cv-04314 (S.D.N.Y. June 5, 2020);

    Desai v. Carnegie Mellon University, No. 20-cv-00844 (W.D. Pa. June 5, 2020); Pfingsten v. Carnegie Mellon University, No. 20-cv-716 (W.D. Penn. May 15, 2020);

  • Camarena v. Baylor University, No. 20-cv-01436 (N.D. Tex. June 5, 2020); King v. Baylor University, No. 20-cv-00504 (W.D. Tex. June 5, 2020);

  • Pinzon v. Pepperdine University, No. 20-cv-04928 (C.D. Cal. June 3, 2020);

  • Gold v. University of Miami, No. 20-cv-22316 (S.D. Fla. June 3, 2020); Weiss v. University of Miami, No. 20-cv-22207 (S.D. Fla. May 27, 2020);

  • Rabinowitz v. American University, No. 20-cv-01454 (D.D.C. June 2, 2020); Arif v. American University, No. 20-cv-60902 (S.D. Fla. May 4, 2020); Qureshi v. American University, No. 20-cv-01141 (D.D.C. May 1, 2020);

  • Washington v. Johnson & Wales University, No. 20-cv-00246 (D.R.I. June 2, 2020); Hazel v. Johsnon & Wales University, No. 20-cv-22251 (S.D. Fla. May 31, 2020); Alexander v. Johnson & Wales University, No. 20-cv-01092 (M.D. Fla. May 11, 2020);

  • Talab v. Board of Trustees of Duke University, No. 20-cv-00480 (M.D.N.C. June 1, 2020);

  • Rahman v. Cornell University, No. 20-cv-00592 (N.D.N.Y. May 31, 2020); Faber v. Cornell University, No. 20-cv-00471 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 25, 2020); Haynie v. Cornell University, No. 20-cv-00467 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Omoro v. Brandeis University, No. 20-cv-11030 (D. Mass. May 29, 2020); Doe v. Brandeis University, No. 20-cv-11021 (D. Mass. May 28, 2020);

  • Botts v. Johns Hopkins University, No. 20-cv-01335 (D. Md. May 29, 2020);

  • Rhodes v. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Inc., No. 20-cv-00927 (M.D. Fla. May 28, 2020);

  • Alfred v. Dartmouth College, No. 20-cv-00637 (D.N.H. May 28, 2020);

  • Mauldin v. George Washington University, No. 20-cv-01417 (D.D.C. May 28, 2020);

  • Dougherty v. Drew University, No. 20-cv-06518 (D.N.J. May 28, 2020);

  • Vijay v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, No. 20-cv-00499 (W.D. Okla. May 28, 2020);

  • Taylor v. Charleston Southern University, No. 2020CP1002357 (S.C. Ct. Com. Pl. May 28, 2020);

  • Lynn v. Merrimack College, No. 20-cv-00632 (D.N.H. May 27, 2020);

    Buckley v. Hofstra University, No. 20-cv-02424 (E.D.N.Y. June 1, 2020); Latvala v. Hofstra University, No. 20-cv-02368 (E.D.N.Y. May 27, 2020); Stellato v. Hofstra University, No. 20-cv-01999 (E.D.N.Y. May 1, 2020);

  • McCarthy v. Loyola Marymount University, No. 20-cv-04668 (C.D. Cal. May 26, 2020); Shoham v. Loyola Marymount University, No. 20-cv-04329 (C.D. Cal. May 13, 2020);

  • Gociman v. Loyola University Chicago, No. 20-cv-03116 (N.D. Ill. May 26, 2020);

  • Ramey v. Pennsylvania State University, No. 20-cv-00753 (W.D. Penn. May 26, 2020); Thomson v. Pennsylvania State University, No. 20-cv-00725 (M.D. Pa. Apr. 30, 2020);

  • Yoo v. Regents of the University of California, No. 30-2020-01140827 (Cal. Super. Ct. May 26, 2020); Lee v. Regents of the University of California, No. 20-cv-03241 (N.D. Cal. May 12, 2020); Ritter v. Regents of the University of California, No. 20-cv-02925 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2020); Brandmeyer v. Regents of the University of California, No. 20-cv-2886 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 27, 2020);

  • Chapusette v. Touro College and University System, No. 20-cv-04018 (S.D.N.Y. May 22, 2020)

  • Hannibal-Fisher v. Grand Canyon University, No. 20-cv-01007 (D. Ariz. May 22, 2020); Little v. Grand Canyon University, No. 20-cv-00795 (D. Ariz. Apr. 24, 2020);

  • Thiele v. Illinois State University, No. 20-cv-01197 (C.D. Ill. May 21, 2020);

  • Durbeck v. Suffolk University, No. 20-cv-10985 (D. Mass. May 21, 2020);

  • Simmons-Telep v. Roger Williams University, No. 20-cv-00226 (D.R.I. May 21, 2020);

  • Hernandez v. Illinois Institute of Technology, No. 20-cv-03010 (N.D. Ill. May 20, 2020);

  • Doe v. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, No. MDL-L-003039-20 (N.J. Super. Ct. May 20, 2020);

  • Kincheloe v. University of Chicago, No. 20-cv-03015 (N.D. Ill. May 20, 2020);

  • Coffman v. California University of Pennsylvania, No. 20-cv-00733 (W.D. Pa. May 20, 2020);

  • Legge v. University of San Francisco, No. 20-cv-03406 (N.D. Cal. May 19, 2020);

  • Awlia v. Southern New Hampshire University, No. 20-cv-00609 (D.N.H. May 19, 2020);

  • Mycek v. Rochester Institute of Technology, No. 20-cv-06324 (W.D.N.Y. May 19, 2020); Bergeron v. Rochester Institute of Technology, No. 20-cv-06283 (W.D.N.Y. May 1, 2020);

  • Bahrani v. Northeastern University, No. 20-cv-10946 (D. Mass. May 18, 2020); Satam v. Northeastern University, No. 20-cv-10915 (D. Mass. May 13, 2020); Chong v. Northeastern University, No. 20-cv-10844 (D. Mass. May 1, 2020);

  • Doval v. Fairleigh Dickinson University, No. 20-cv-06010 (D.N.J. May 18, 2020);

  • Bolland v. Seattle Pacific University, No. 20-cv-00741 (W.D. Wash. May 18, 2020);

  • Jones v. Carrington College, Inc., No. 20-cv-00989 (E.D. Cal. May 15, 2020);

  • Amable v. The New School, No. 20-cv-03811 (S.D.N.Y. May 15, 2020);

  • Fiore v. The University of Tampa, No. 20-cv-03744 (S.D.N.Y. May 14, 2020);

  • Soriano v. University of New Haven, No. 20-cv-00662 (D. Conn. May 13, 2020);

  • Silulu v. Trustees of Boston University, No. 20-cv-10915 (D. Mass. May 13, 2020); Bornstein v. Trustees of Boston University, No. 2084-cv-00962 (Mass. Super. Ct. May 5, 2020); Tran v. Boston University, No. 20-cv-03088 (N.D. Cal. May 5, 2020); Cox v. Trustees of Boston University, No. 1:20-cv-10834 (D. Mass. Apr. 30, 2020); Dutra v. Trustees of Boston University, No. 1:20-cv-10827 (D. Mass. Apr. 29, 2020);

  • Student A v. Wagner College, No. 20-cv-02170 (E.D.N.Y. May 13, 2020);

  • Raimo v. Washington University in St. Louis, No. 20-cv-00634 (E.D. Mo. May 12, 2020);

  • Egleston v. University of Florida Board of Trustees, No. 20-cv-00106 (N.D. Fla. May 11, 2020);

  • Saroya v. University of the Pacific, No. 20-cv-03196 (N.D. Cal. May 10, 2020);

  • Klein v. Parker University, No. 20-cv-03194 (N.D. Cal. May 9, 2020);

  • Mitelberg v. Stevens Institute of Technology, No. 20-cv-05748 (D.N.J. May 8, 2020);

  • Patel v. St. John’s University, No. 20-cv-02114 (E.D.N.Y. May 8, 2020);

  • Hickey v. University of Pittsburgh, No. 20-cv-00690 (W.D. Pa. May 8, 2020);

  • Fedele v. Marist College, No. 20-cv-03559 (S.D.N.Y. May 7, 2020);

  • Thomas v. Mercy College; No. 20-cv-03584 (S.D.N.Y. May 7, 2020);

  • Quiroz v. Rider University, No. 20-cv-05620 (D.N.J. May 6, 2020);

  • Spiegel v. Indiana University, No. 53C06-2005-CT-000771 (Cir. Ct. Monroe Cty., Ind., May 6, 2020);

  • Lawson v. Pennsylvania College of Technology, No. 20-cv-00736 (M.D. Pa. May 5, 2020);

  • Ryan v. Temple University, No. 20-cv-02164 (E.D. Pa. May 5, 2020);

  • Schoening v. Seton Hall University, No. 20-cv-05566 (D.N.J. May 5, 2020);

  • Pinkney v. State University of New York, No. 20-cv-02048 (E.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020);

  • Fittipaldi v. Monmouth University, No. 20-cv-05526 (D.N.J. May 4, 2020);

  • Paris v. University of Connecticut, No. 20-cv-02018 (E.D.N.Y. May 4, 2020);

  • Deecher v. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, No. 20-cv-00498 (N.D.N.Y. May 4, 2020);

  • Rojas v. Florida Board of Governors Foundation, Inc., No. 2020-CA-000846 (Fla. Circ. Ct. May 4, 2020);

  • Mebrahtu v. Manchester University, No. 20-cv-05457 (D.N.J. May 1, 2020);

  • Hewitt v. Pratt Institute, No. 20-cv-2007 (E.D.N.Y. May 1, 2020);

  • Yin v. Syracuse University, No. 20-cv-00494 (N.D.N.Y. May 1, 2020);

  • Rosado v. Barry University, Inc., No. 20-cv-21813 (S.D. Fla. May 1, 2020);

  • Rocchio v. Rutgers, No. 20-cv-05390 (D.N.J. Apr. 30, 2020);

  • Smith v. University of Pennsylvania, No. 20-cv-2086 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 30, 2020);

  • Doe v. Brown University, No. 20-cv-00191 (D.R.I. Apr. 30, 2020);

  • Shak v. Adelphi University, No. 20-cv-01951 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 2020);

  • Doe v. Vanderbilt University, No. 20-cv-00356 (M.D. Tenn. Apr. 28, 2020); Doe v. Vanderbilt University, No. 20-mc-09999 (M.D. Tenn. Apr. 27, 2020);

  • Rifat v. Board of Trustees of the California State University, No. 20-cv-04421 (C.D. Cal. May 15, 2020); Miller v. Board of Trustees of the California State University, No. 20-cv-03833 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 27, 2020);

  • Dieckhaus v. University of North Carolina System, No. 20-cv-00069 (E.D.N.C. Apr. 27, 2020); McAllister v. University of North Carolina System, No. 20-cv-00078 (E.D.N.C. Apr. 27, 2020); Allen v. University of North Carolina System, No. 20-cv-00254 (W.D.N.C. Apr. 27, 2020); Burnett v. University of North Carolina System, No. 20-cv-00103 (W.D.N.C. Apr. 27, 2020);

  • Friedman v. Drexel University, No. 20-cv-05147 (D.N.J. Apr. 27, 2020); Rickenbaker v. Drexel University, No. 20-cv-1358 (D.S.C. Apr. 8, 2020);

  • Dimitryuk v. University of Miami, No. 20-cv-60851 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 26, 2020);

  • Ford v. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, No. 20-cv-00470 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 25, 2020);

  • Hassan v. Fordham University, No. 20-cv-03265 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 25, 2020);

  • Beck v. Manhattan College, No. 20-cv-03229 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Student A v. Columbia University, No. 20-cv-3208 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 23, 2020); Bennett v. Columbia University, No. 20-cv-3227 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Marbury v. Pace University, No. 20-cv-03210 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Kai v. Western Michigan University, No. 20-000063-MK (Mich. Ct. Claims Apr. 22, 2020);

  • Patel v. University of Vermont, No. 20-cv-00061 (D. Vt. Apr. 21, 2020);

  • Irizarry v. Long Island University, No. 20-cv-03160 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 21, 2020);

  • Burgos v. Pa. State University, No. 20-cv-03143 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Peyton v. Wayne State University, No. 20-000059-MK (Mich. Ct. Claims. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Carpey v. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, No. 20-cv-01064 (D. Colo. Apr. 15, 2020);

  • Student A v. Liberty University, Inc., No. 20-cv-00023 (W.D. Va. Apr. 13, 2020);

  • Kliment v. University of Michigan, No. 20-000056-MK (Mich. Ct. Claims. Apr. 16, 2020);

  • Allen v. Michigan State University, No. 20-000057-MK (Mich. Ct. Claims. Apr. 16, 2020);

  • Church v. Purdue University & Trustees, No. 20-cv-00025 (N.D. Ind. Apr. 9, 2020);

  • Dixon v. Univ. of Miami, No. 20-cv-1348 (D.S.C. Apr. 8, 2020);

EMPLOYMENT

Employers are facing wage and hour, workplace safety, paid leave, WARN Act, ERISA, employee privacy, worker classification, disability accommodation, and discrimination claims. Cases filed to date include:

  • Richard v. Ambulnz Health, LLC, No. 510337/2020 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 17, 2020): asserts claims under New York Labor Laws based on alleged unpaid wages and coerced release agreements;

  • Rodriguez v. Allen Distribution, LP, No. 20-at-00573 (E.D. Cal. June 16, 2020): asserts claims under FLSA and California Labor Code for alleged unpaid compensation and policy of rounding time;

  • Arias v. High Tech Landscapes, Inc., No. 20-cv-07046 (D.N.J. June 10, 2020): asserts claims under FLSA for alleged failure to pay overtime wages;

  • Garcia Chantez v. Victory Hospitality Management LLC, No. 20-cv-02590 (E.D.N.Y. June 10, 2020): asserts claims under FLSA for alleged unpaid wages, including overtime wages;

  • Osvatics v. Lyft, Inc., No. 20-cv-01426 (D.D.C. May 29, 2020): asserts claims under worker protection statutes based on alleged failure to provide paid sick leave to Lyft drivers;

  • Benson v. Enterprise Holdings, Inc., No. 20-cv-00891 (M.D. Fla. May 27, 2020): asserts claims under WARN Act for alleged failure to provide notice before laying off hundreds of employees;

  • Toc v. SNL Meat & Produce Corp., No. 20-cv-02339 (E.D.N.Y. May 26, 2020): asserts claims under FLSA for alleged unpaid wages, including overtime wages;

  • Lange v. 24-Hour Medical Staffing Servs. LLC, No. 30-2020-01140958 (Cal. Super. Ct. May 26, 2020): asserts claims under California Labor Code for alleged unpaid wages and failure to provide adequate rest periods;

  • Hernandez v. Galenos Medical Center Corp., No. 20-cv-22162 (S.D. Fla. May 25, 2020): asserts claims under FLSA for alleged unpaid overtime wages;

  • Morales v. Sunrise Meats, Inc., No. 20-cv-61017 (S.D. Fla. May 22, 2020): asserts claims under FLSA and Florida Whistleblower Act for alleged failure to pay wages;

  • McGhee v. Postmates, Inc., No. CGC-20-584341 (Cal. Super. Ct. May 22, 2020): asserts claims under California Labor Code for alleged unpaid wages and failure to provide necessary PPE;

  • Maglana v. Celebrity Cruise Inc., No. 20-cv-221233 (S.D. Fla. May 21, 2020): asserts claims for, inter alia, employment discrimination on the basis of national origin;

  • De La Cruz v. Hometown Buffet, Inc., No. 20-cv-04558 (C.D. Cal. May 21, 2020): asserts claims under WARN Act, FLSA, and California Labor Code for alleged improper termination and alleged failure to pay wages owed and to provide required employee protections;

  • Zhang v. Fortune No. 1 Inc., No. 20 GDCV 00456 (Cal. Super. Ct. May 17, 2020): asserts claims under California Labor Code for alleged failure to pay minimum compensation and provide adequate rest periods;

  • Gomez v. Chamiara, No. 20-cv-02190 (E.D.N.Y. May 14, 2020): asserts claims under Fair Labor Standards Act for alleged failure to pay employees’ minimum compensation.

  • England v. United Airlines, No. 20-cv-02877 (N.D. Ill. May 13, 2020): asserts breach of contract claims on behalf of employees;

  • Smith v. Ideal Image Development Corp., No. 20SL-CC02511 (Mo. Circ. Ct. May 6, 2020): asserts claims under WARN Act and state employment laws for alleged improper layoffs during pandemic and failure to pay wages owed;

    • Notice of Removal filed on June 12, 2020: No. 20-cv-00761 (E.D. Mo. June 12, 2020);

  • Green v. Hertz Corp., No. 20-cv-01006 (Apr. 30, 2020): asserts a violation of the WARN Act for failure to provide written notice before termination of employees;

  • Hartstein v. Hyatt Corp., No. 20-cv-04874 (Cal. Super. Ct. Apr. 24, 2020): asserts a violation of the WARN Act and alleges failure to pay accrued wages and vacation time;

    • Notice of Removal filed on June 1, 2020 – No. 20-cv-04874 (C.D. Cal. June 1, 2020);

  • Evans v. Dart, 20-cv-02453 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 21, 2020): asserts claims under Fair Labor Standards Act for alleged failure to pay employees’ minimum compensation.

  • Miller v. Creative Hairdressers, Inc., 20-cv-00912 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 20, 2020): asserts claims under Fair Labor Standards Act for alleged failure to pay wages for the two weeks preceding closure of the restaurant.

  • Scott v. Hooters III, Inc., No. 8:20-cv-00882 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 16, 2020): asserts a violation of the WARN Act for failure to provide written notice before termination of employees.

  • Allen v. Tableseide Restaurant Group LLC, No. 8:20-cv-843 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 13, 2020): asserts claims under Fair Labor Standards Act for alleged failure to pay wages for the two weeks preceding closure of the restaurant.

  • Olsen v. Hair Cuttery, No. 1:20-cv-03760 (D.N.J. Apr. 7, 2020): asserts claim under Fair Labor Standards Act for allegedly closing hair salons in the middle of a pay period without payment.

  • Siers v. Velodyne Lidar, No. 5:20-cv-02290 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 3, 2020): asserts claim under WARN Act for allegedly terminating over 140 employees with insufficient notice and using the pandemic as a pretext for layoffs.

  • Alaska State Employees v State of Alaska, No. 20-5652 (Super. Ct. Ak. Mar. 24, 2020): asserts claim for injunctive relief for public employees to reduce health risks.

  • Burr v. Carnival Corp., No. 20-CA-002640 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Mar. 19, 2020): asserts claims by entertainers hired by cruise ships who claim entitlement to full compensation for canceled events.

  • Verhines v. Uber Technology, Inc., No. 20-583684 (Cal. Super. Ct. Mar. 12, 2020): asserts claim for paid sick leave based on worker classification.

  • Rogers v. Lyft, Inc., No. CGC-20-583685 (Cal. Super. Ct. Mar. 12, 2020): claims that Lyft failed to provide adequate paid sick leave, making drivers feel compelled to drive even if sick.

EVENT CANCELLATION AND SERVICE DISRUPTION

Consumer claims based on the cancellation or disruption of events and services are likely to dominate court dockets in coming months.

Travel Cancellation

Cases filed to date against airlines seeking the refund of payments for cancelled flights based on breach of contract, consumer protection, and other theories include:

  • Bess v. Frontier Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-01837 (D. Colo. June 22, 2020); Johnson v. Frontier Airlines, No. 20-cv-01751 (D. Colo. June 15, 2020); Rivera-De Leon v. Frontier Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-01518 (D. Colo. May 28, 2020); Sweet v. Frontier Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-00662 (D. Conn. May 13, 2020); Young v. Frontier Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-1152 (D. Colo. Apr. 23, 2020); Obertman v. Frontier Airlines Inc., No. 2:20-cv-00820 (E.D. Cal. Apr. 21, 2020);

  • In re COVID-19 Airfare Refund Litigation, MDL No. 2957 (June 16, 2020);

  • Gimello v. American Airlines Group, Inc., No. 20-cv-02834 (E.D. Pa. June 15, 2020); Ward v. American Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-00371 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 22, 2020);

  • Morris v. Assicurazaioni Generali Group, S.p.A., No. 20-cv-04430 (S.D.N.Y. June 10, 2020); Robbins v. Generali Global Assistance, Inc., No. 20-cv-04904 (C.D. Cal. June 2, 2020) (travel insurance);

  • Polk v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., No. 20-cv-02461 (N.D. Ga. June 9, 2020); Daniels v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., No. 1:20-cv-01664 (N.D. Ga. Apr. 17, 2020);

  • Singh Lupien v. Westjet Airlines Ltd., No. 108481648 (Fla. Circ. Ct. June 5, 2020);

  • Belanger v. Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana S.A. Operadora, No. 20-cv-03087 (N.D. Ill. May 25, 2020);

  • Subramanyam v. Royal Dutch Airlines, No. 20-cv-11296 (E.D. Mich. May 22, 2020);

  • Jauregui v. China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd., No. 20-cv-04552 (C.D. Cal. May 20, 2020);

  • Chandler v. Condor Flugdienst GmbH, No. 20-cv-00810 (D. Or. May 20, 2020);

  • Bugarin v. All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., No. 20-cv-03341 (N.D. Cal. May 15, 2020);

  • Williams v. Air China Ltd., No. 20-cv-01883 (D.S.C. May 15, 2020);

  • Maree v. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, No. 20-cv-00885 (C.D. Cal. May 12, 2020); Castanares v. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, No. 20-cv-04261 (C.D. Cal. May 11, 2020);

  • Zawacki v. Swoop, Inc., No. 20-cv-01100 (M.D. Fla. May 12, 2020);

  • Dumitrescu v. Compania Panamena De Aviacion, No. 20-cv-02125 (E.D.N.Y. May 10, 2020);

  • Diaz v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-60933 (S.D. Fla. May 8, 2020); Boucher v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-60829 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 22, 2020); Manchur v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-10771 (D. Mass. Apr. 21, 2020);

  • Reaves v. Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, No. 20-cv-02121 (E.D.N.Y. May 9, 2020); Daversa-Evdyriadis v. Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, No. 20-cv-00767 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 13, 2020);

  • Suarez v. Emirates, No. 20-cv-03623 (S.D.N.Y. May 8, 2020);

  • Chaves v. TAP Air Portugal, No. 20-cv-02086 (E.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020);

  • Ide v. British Airways, PLC, No. 20-cv-03542 (S.D.N.Y. May 6, 2020);

  • Fensterer v. Capital One, N.A., No. 20-cv-05558 (D.N.J. May 5, 2020);

  • Vozzolo v. Air Canada, Inc., No. 20-cv-03503 (S.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020); Levu v. Air Canada, Inc., No. 20-cv-00703 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Herrera v. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., No. 20-cv-03019 (N.D. Cal. May 1, 2020);

  • Martinez-Sanchez v. Concesionaria Vuela Compania De Aviacion, No. 20-cv-1966 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 29, 2020);

  • Bratcher v. Allegiant Travel Co., No. 2:20-cv-00767 (D. Nev. Apr. 28, 2020);

  • Milosevic v. Turk Hava Yollari A.O., Inc., No. 20-cv-03328 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 2020);

  • Sholopa v. Turkish Airlines, Inc., No. 20-cv-03294 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 27, 2020);

  • Snyder v. Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B. de C.V., No. 2:20-cv-03649 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Alvarez v. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., No. 1-20-cv-00175 (D. Haw. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Herr v. Allegiant Air, LLC, No. 20-cv-01002 (E.D. Mich. Apr. 15, 2020);

  • Bombin v. Southwest Airlines Co., No. 20-cv-01883 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 13, 2020);

  • Levey v. Concesionaria Vuela Compania de Aviacion, No. 1:20-cv-02215 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 8, 2020);

  • Utley v. United Airlines Holdings, Inc., No. 1:20-cv-00756 (N.D. Ohio Apr. 7, 2020); Rudolph v. United Airlines Holdings, Inc., No. 20-cv-02142 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 6, 2020).

Cases filed to date against non-airline travel companies seeking the refund of payments for cancelled itineraries based on breach of contract, consumer protection, and other theories include:

  • Fitzgerald v. Grand Circle, LLC, No. 20-cv-02586 (E.D. Pa. June 1, 2020) (international trips);

  • Corrigan v. EF Education Tours, Inc., No. 20-cv-11010 (D. Mass. May 27, 2020) (educational tours);

  • Tirozzi v. Lakeland Tours, LLC, No. 20-cv-30065 (D. Mass. Apr. 30, 2020) (pre-paid trip);

  • Sides v. Global Travel Alliance, Inc., No. 1_20-cv-00053 (D. Mont. Apr. 24, 2020) (educational tours);

  • Mitchell v. NurseCon at Sea LLC, No. 1:20-cv-21503 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 8, 2020) (cruise);

  • Douglas v. EF Inst. for Cultural Exch., Inc., No. 37-2020-00013374 (Cal. Super. Ct. Mar. 11, 2020); Grabovsky v. EF Inst. for Cultural Exch., No. 20-cv-00508 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 17, 2020) (educational tours).

Event Cancellation

Cases filed to date against event and ticketing companies seeking the refund of payments for sporting, music, theater, and other cultural events based on breach of contract, consumer protection, and other theories include:

  • Wood v. StubHub, Inc., No. 20-cv-04125 (N.D. Cal. June 22, 2020); Reynolds v. StubHub, Inc., No. 20-cv-03508 (S.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020); Kopfmann v. StubHub, Inc., No. 20-cv-03025 (N.D. Cal. May 1, 2020); Alcaraz v. StubHub, Inc., No. 3:20-cv-02595 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 14, 2020); McMillan v StubHub, No. 20-cv-00319 (W.D. Wis. Apr. 2, 2020);

    • Some of these actions are included in a motion for a Multidistrict Litigation: MDL No. 2951

  • Hatchmed Corp. v. Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society, Inc., No. 20-cv-03377 (N.D. Ill. June 8, 2020);

  • Wellins v. Lockn’ LLC, No. 20-cv-03641 (N.D. Cal. June 1, 2020);

  • Hernandez v. Ultra Enterprises Inc., No. 20-cv-22185 (S.D. Fla. May 26, 2020);

  • Ellenwood v. World Triathalon Corp., No. 20-cv-01182 (M.D. Fla. May 22, 2020);

  • Wallach v. Houston Astros, LLC, No. 2020-10637 (Tex. Dist. Ct. May 4, 2020);

  • Bromley v. SXSW, LLC, No. 1:20-cv-439 (W.D. Tex. Apr. 24, 2020);

  • Trader v. SeatGeek, Inc., No. 20-cv-03248 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2020);

  • Tezak v. Live Nation Entm’t, Inc., No. 20-cv-02482 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Nellis v. Vivid Seats LTD, No. 20-cv-02486 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Ajzenman v. Office of the Comm’r of Baseball, No. 2:20-cv-03643 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Hansen v. Ticketmaster Entm’t, Inc., No. 3:20-cv-02685 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 17, 2020);

  • Nesis v. Do Lab, Inc., No. 2:20-cv-03452 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 14, 2020); Rutledge v. Do LaB Inc., (Cal. Super. Ct. Mar. 24, 2020).

Memberships, Services, and Subscriptions

Cases filed to date against fitness clubs, ski resorts, amusement parks, and other organizations seeking the refund of season passes and membership fees based on breach of contract, consumer protection, and other theories include:

  • Du v. Alterra Mountain Co., No. 20-cv-01699 (D. Colo. June 11, 2020); Simpson v. Alterra Mountain Co., No. 20-cv-01691 (D. Colo. June 10, 2020); Kress v. Alterra Mountain Co., No. 20-cv-01583 (D. Colo. June 2, 2020); Werner v. Alterra Mountain Co., No. 20-cv-01254 (D. Colo. May 5, 2020); Farmer v. Alterra Mountain Co., No. 1:20-cv-01175 (D. Colo. Apr. 27, 2020); Eckert v. Alterra Mountain Co., No. 1:20-cv-01158 (D. Colo. Apr. 24, 2020) (ski resort);

  • Case v. Merlin Entertainments Group U.S. Holdings, Inc., No. 20-cv-01049 (S.D. Cal. June 8, 2020) (amusement parks);

  • Shepherd v. Amazon.com, Inc., No. 706075/2020 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. May 29, 2020) (Amazon Prime membership);

  • Bellafatto v. Vail Corp., No. 20-cv-01585 (D. Colo. June 2, 2020); Malachowky v. Vail Resorts, Inc., No. 20-cv-01529 (D. Colo. May 28, 2020); DiPirro v. Vail Resorts, Inc., No. 20-cv-01468 (D. Colo. May 22, 2020); Gasman v. Vail Corp., No. 20-cv-01475 (D. Colo. May 22, 2020); Rarick v. Vail Corp., No. 20-cv-01364 (D. Colo. May 13, 2020); McAuliffe v. Vail Corp., No. 1:20-cv-01176 (D. Colo. Apr. 27, 2020);  Clarke v. Vail Corp., No. 1:20-cv-01163 (D. Colo. Apr. 24, 2020); Faydenko v. Vail Resorts, Inc., No. 20-cv-01134 (D. Colo. Apr. 22, 2020); Han v. Vail Resorts, Inc., No. 20-cv-01121 (D. Colo. Apr. 21, 2020); Hunt v. Vail Corp., No. 4:20-cv-02463 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 10, 2020) (ski resort);

  • Davis v. Youfit Health Clubs, LLC, No. 107917643 (Fla. Circ. Ct. May 26, 2020) (fitness club);

  • Rossi v. Arch Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00411 (W.D. Mo. May 24, 2020) (insured ski passes);

  • Hong v. Clubcorp USA, Inc., No. 20-cv-01310 (N.D. Tex. May 19, 2020) (private club membership); Cuenco v. Clubcorp USA, Inc., No. 20-cv-00744 (S.D. Cal. Apr. 23, 2020) (private club);

  • Bradley v. United Specialty Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-520 (E.D. Ark. May 18, 2020) (insured ski passes)

  • Vodden v. WW International, Inc., No. 20-cv-03856 (S.D.N.Y. May 18, 2020) (nutritional program);

  • Muller v. Durham School Services, L.P., No. 20-cv-05813 (D.N.J. May 12, 2020) (bussing services);

  • Kouball v. Seaworld Parks & Entertainment, Inc., No. 20-cv-00870 (S.D. Cal. May 8, 2020);

  • Williams v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc., No. 20-cv-03096 (N.D. Cal. May 5, 2020); Labib v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, No. 3:20-cv-02134 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 27, 2020) (fitness club);

  • Holloway v. Planet Fitness Franchising LLC, No. 1:20-cv-01868 (N.D. Ga. Apr. 30, 2020) (fitness club);

  • Reingold v. Elements Therapeutic Massage, LLC, No. 20-cv-00785 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 22, 2020) (massage studios);

  • Danforth v. Town Sports International, LLC, No. 7:20-cv-03195 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2020) (fitness club);

  • McConnell v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., No. 20-cv-03665 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 21, 2020) (amusement park);

  • Hunt v. Fitness Evolution Inc., No. 4:20-cv-02461 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 10, 2020) (fitness club);

  • Rezai-Hariri v. Magic Mountain LLC, No. 20-cv-00716 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 10, 2020) (ski resort);

  • Delvecchio v. Boston Sports Clubs, No. 20-cv-10666 (D. Mass. Apr. 5, 2020) (fitness club);

  • Jampol v. Blink Holdings, No. 20-cv-02760 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 2, 2020) (fitness club);

  • Carisi v. Events and Adventures California, No. 3:20-cv-02260 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 2, 2020) (dating service);

  • Barnett v. Fitness International, LLC, No. 0:20-cv-60658 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 30, 2020) (fitness club);

  • Namorato v. New York Sports Clubs, No. 20-cv-02580 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 26, 2020) (fitness club).

GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Governments and public officials may face a higher risk of class action litigation based on their response to COVID-19 and handling of prison inmates and detainees.

Prisoner and Detainee Release

Cases filed to date against corrections facilities seeking habeas corpus and other constitutional relief for prisoners and immigration detainees based on the risk of exposure to COVID-19 include:

  • Williams v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, No. 20-cv-00890 (D.D.C. June 2, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Torres v. Milusnic, No. 20-cv-04450 (C.D. Cal. May 16, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Wilson v. Ponce, No. 20-cv-04451 (C.D. Cal. May 16, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Denbow v. Maine Department of Corrections, No. 20-cv-00175 (D. Me. May 15, 2020) (prisoners);

  • J.H. v. Edwards, No. 20-cv-00293 (M.D. La. May 14, 2020) (juvenile prisoners);

  • Waddell v. Taylor, No. 20-cv-00340 (S.D. Miss. May 14, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Lucero-Gonzales v. Kline, No. 20-cv-00901 (D. Az. May 8, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Russel v. Wayne County, Michigan, No. 20-cv-11094 (E.D. Mich. May 4, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Wragg v. Ortiz, No. 20-cv-05496 (D.N.J. May 4, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Gottlieb v. Lamont, No. 20-cv-00623 (D. Conn. May 6, 2020) (challenging government’s decision to require in-person ballots for primaries and general elections); McPherson v. Lamont, No. 20-cv-534 (D. Conn. April 20, 2020) (prisoners); Wilkes v. Lamont, No. 20-cv-00594 (D. Conn. Apr. 30, 2020) (patients committed to psychiatric facility);

  • Swain v. Junior, No. 20-cv-21457 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 4, 2020) (prisoners) (the court granted the request for preliminary injunction, which the defendant appealed to the Eleventh Circuit on Apr. 30, 2020, No. 20-11622).

  • Fernandez-Rodriguez v. Licon-Vitale, No. 1:20-cv-03315 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Martinez-Brooks v. Easter, No. 3:20-cv-00569 (D. Conn. Apr. 27, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Cullors v. County of Los Angeles, No. 20-cv-03760 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 24, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Voltz-Loomis v. McMaster, No. 20-cv-01533 (D.S.C. Apr. 21, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Frazier v. Kelley, No. 4:20-cv-00434 (E.D. Ark. Apr. 21, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Seth v. McDonough, No. 8:20-cv-01028 (D. Md. Apr. 21, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Baez v. McDonald, No. 20-cv-10753 (D. Mass. Apr. 17, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Novoa v. The GEO Group, Inc., No. 5:17-cv-02514 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 16, 2020) (prisoners and detainees);

  • Grinis v. Spaulding, No. 1:20-cv-10738 (D. Mass. Apr. 15, 2020) (prisoners and detainees);

  • Hernandez Roman v. Wolf, No. 20-cv-00768 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 13, 2020) (detainees);

  • Gayle v. Meade, No. 20-cv-21553 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 13, 2020) (detainees);

  • Wilson v. Williams, No. 20-cv-00794 (N.D. Ohio Apr. 13, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Sanchez v. Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown; No. 20-cv-00832 (N.D. Texas Apr. 9, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Augusto v. Moniz, No. 20-cv-10685 (D. Mass. Apr. 7, 2020) (detainees);

  • Maney vBrown, No. 20-cv-00570 (D. Or. Apr. 6, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Barnes v. Jeffreys, No. 20-cv-02137 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 5, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Mays v. Dart, No. 1:20-cv-2134 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 3, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Hope vDoll, No. 20-cv-00562 (M.D. Pa. Apr. 3, 2020) (detainees)

    • The court granted the request for preliminary injunction on April 7, 2020. The government appealed this decision on April 10, 2020;

  • Money v. Jeffreys, No. 20-cv-02094 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 2, 2020) (prisoners);

  • Banks v. Booth, No. 20-cv-00849 (D.D.C. Mar. 30, 2020) (prisoners and detainees);

  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. Executive Office of Immigration Review, No. 1:20-cv-00852 (D.D.C. Mar. 30, 2020) (detainees);

  • Valentine v. Collier, No. 4:20-cv-01115 (S.D. Tex. Mar. 30, 2020) (prisoners and detainees);

  • Savino v. Hodgson, No. 1:20-cv-10617 (D. Mass. Mar. 27, 2020) (prisoners and detainees);

  • Nellson v. Barnhart, No. 1:20-cv-00756 (D. Colo. Mar. 18, 2020) (prisoners and detainees);

  • Dawson v. Asher, No. 20-civ-0409JLR (W.D. Wash. Mar. 16, 2020) (prisoners and detainees).

State and Federal Executive Orders and Government Actions

Cases filed to date against federal and state governments asserting civil rights and constitutional claims based on executive orders and other actions in response to COVID-19 include:

  • The NOLC, Inc. v. United States, No. 20-cv-00294 (N.D. Okla. June 19, 2020): asserting constitutional claims based on alleged discrimination against businesses owned by women and minorities in implementing the CARES Act;

  • Nowlin v. Pritzker, No. 20-cv-01229 (C.D. Ill. June 15, 2020): asserts constitutional claims challenging the state’s stay-at-home order;

  • Hotze v. Abbott, No. 20-cv-02104 (S.D. Tex. June 15, 2020): asserts constitutional claims challenging the state’s stay-at-home order and reopening plan

  • Ent Int’l Realty Corp. v. Cuomo, No. 20-cv-04277 (S.D.N.Y. June 4, 2020): seeking an injunction preventing the collection of property taxes based on state executive order limiting landlords’ ability to collect rent;

  • Cole v. Mnuchin, No. 20-cv-01423 (D.D.C. May 29, 2020) (alleging violation of the CARES Act based on the offset of student loan debt on federal tax refunds for student loan borrowers);

  • Talleywhacker, Inc. v. Cooper, No. 20-cv-00218 (E.D.N.C. May 26, 2020): asserting constitutional claims challenging the state executive order causing business closures during the pandemic;

  • Democracy North Carolina v. North Carolina State Board of Elections, No. 20-cv-00457 (M.D.N.C. May 22, 2020) (asserting civil rights claims based on alleged failure to create a safe and accessible voting system);

  • Devine v. Sununu, No. 218-2020-cv-00602 (N.H. Super. Cut. May 22, 2020) (asserting constitutional claims based on the state’s allegedly inadequate implementation of remote learning procedures);

  • Hall v. U.S. Dep’t of Agriculture, No. 20-cv-03454 (N.D. Cal. May 21, 2020) (challenging the USDA’s interpretation of the Families First Act);

  • Clark v. Bel Edwards, No. 20-cv-00308 (M.D. La. May 19, 2020) (challenging state government’s alleged failure to create adequate and safe voting procedures during the pandemic);

  • F Four, LLC v. Page, No. 20-cv-00656 (E.D. Mo. May 18, 2020) (challenging county order causing business closures during the pandemic);

  • The Local Spot, Inc. v. Lee, No. 20-cv-00421 (M.D. Tenn. May 18, 2020) (challenging travel restrictions and state orders causing business closures during the pandemic);

  • Blackburn v. Dare County, No. 20-cv-00027 (E.D.N.C. May 15, 2020) (challenging county orders prohibiting entry of non-resident landowners);

  • TD’s Western Wear and Tack, LLC v. Tennessee, No. 20-cv-00206 (E.D. Tenn. May 13, 2020) (challenging state executive orders directing business closures during the pandemic);

  • Fugazi v. Padilla, No. 20-at-00467 (E.D. Cal. May 12, 2020) (challenging the county’s treatment of mail-in-ballots and voting procedures during the pandemic);

  • Omnistone Corp. v. Cuomo, No. 20-cv-02153 (E.D.N.Y. May 12, 2020) (challenging state executive orders causing closure of businesses);

  • Ramsek v. Beshear, No. 20-cv-00036 (E.D. Ky. May 10, 2020) (challenging state executive orders limiting mass gatherings during the pandemic);

  • McCarthy v. Cuomo, No. 20-cv-02124 (E.D.N.Y. May 9, 2020): asserting constitutional claims challenging state order causing closure of businesses and challenging implementation of the PPP program by the Small Business Administration;

  • Michie v. Newsom, No. 20-cv-4213 (C.D. Cal. May 8, 2020) (challenging the state executive order and state actions curtailing rent payments during the pandemic);

  • Does v. Trump, No. 20-cv-00704 (E.D. Wis. May 8, 2020); Doe v. Trump, No. 20-cv-858 (C.D. Cal. May 6, 2020); Doe v. Trump, No. 20-cv-00430 (W.D. Wis. May 6, 2020); Doe v. Trump, No. 1:20-cv-02531 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 24, 2020) (alleged discriminatory purpose and intent in implementing the CARES Act);

  • Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker, No. 20-cv-02782 (N.D. Ill. May 7, 2020): challenging state executive order limiting mass gatherings and its impact on worship services;

  • Spell v. Edwards, No. 20-cv-00282 (M.D. La. May 7, 2020) (challenging state executive orders limiting mass gatherings during the pandemic);

  • Power Coalition for Equity & Justice v. Edwards, No. 20-cv-00283 (M.D. La. May 7, 2020) (challenging the state’s restrictions on absentee voting during the pandemic);

  • Fair Maps Nevada v. Cegavske, No. 20-cv-00271 (D. Nev. May 6, 2020)): seeking relief from ballot initiative deadlines based on difficulty of collecting signatures during the pandemic;

  • R.V. v. Mnuchin, No. 20-cv-01148 (D. Md. May 5, 2020) (alleging discriminatory intent in implementing the CARES Act by excluding U.S. children who have undocumented immigrants as parents);

  • Benner v. Wolf, No. 20-cv-00775 (M.D. Pa. May 11, 2020); Paradise Concepts, Inc. v. Wolf, No. 20-cv-02161 (E.D. Pa. May 5, 2020) (challenging the Pennsylvania government’s policy of denying waivers for companies that are required to be shut down by COVID-19 executive orders);

  • Simon v. City of Knoxville, No. 20-cv-00197 (E.D. Tenn. May 5, 2020) (challenging city orders requiring the closure of businesses during the pandemic);

  • Carranza v. United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement, No. 20-cv-424 (D.N.M. May 4, 2020) (seeks relief for alleged violations of constitutional and statutory rights of detainees facing pending immigration proceedings).

  • Frank v. City of St. Louis, No. 20-cv-00597 (E.D. Mo. May 1, 2020) (seeks relief for unsheltered individuals threatened with punishment under stay at home orders);

  • Barber v. DeVos, No. 20-cv-01137 (D.D.C. Apr. 30, 2020) (seeks compliance with student loan wage garnishment suspension directive of the CARES act);

  • Martinez v. Cuomo, No. 20-cv-03338 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 29, 2020) (challenging accessibility of government briefings for the hearing impaired under the ADA);

  • AALFA Family Clinic v. Walz, No. 20-cv-01037 (D. Minn. Apr. 28, 2020) (challenging state stay-at home order as a violation of fundamental rights and challenging state’s allowance of using PPE for abortions but not other elective surgeries);

  • Yang v. New York State Board of Elections, No. 20-cv-03325 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 2020) (seeking damages as well as injunctive and declaratory relief for the cancellation of the New York Democratic Presidential Primary);

  • Gill v. Pa. Dep’t of Health, No. 2:20-cv-02038 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 28, 2020) (alleged failure to complete ADA inspections of long term care facilities during the pandemic);

  • Uzoegwu v. Mnuchin, No. 20-cv-03264 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2020) (alleged discrimination on the basis of familial status in implementing stimulus payments under the CARES Act);

  • Lighthouse Fellowship Church v. Northam, 20-cv-00204 (E.D. Va. Apr. 24, 2020) (challenging state executive orders related to the pandemic and their impact on worship services);

  • Infinity Consulting Group, LLC v. United States, No. 20-cv-00981 (D. Md. Apr. 17, 2020) (alleged discriminatory purpose and intent in implementing the CARES Act);

  • Maryville Baptist Church, Inc. v. Beshear, No. 20-cv-00278 (W.D. Ky. Apr. 17, 2020) (challenging state executive order limiting worship services);

  • Jani-King International, Inc. v. U.S. Small Business Administration, No. 20-cv-00989 (D.D.C. Apr. 15, 2020) (alleging improper implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program);

  • Beemer v. Whitmer, No. 1:20-cv-00323 (W.D. Mich. Apr. 15, 2020) (challenging the state stay-at-home order as a violation of fundamental rights);

  • Roberts v. Neace, No. 20-cv-00054 (E.D. Ky. Apr 14, 2020) (challenging the state stay-at-home order as a violation of fundamental rights);

  • DV Diamond Club of Flint, LLC v. U.S. Small Business Administration, No. 20-cv-10899 (E.D. Mich. Apr. 8, 2020) (alleging improper discrimination in the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program);

  • CommCan, Inc. v. Baker (Mass. Super. Ct. No. 2084CV00808, Apr. 8, 2020) (challenging classification of recreational marijuana stores as non-essential);

  • Piilani v. Colorado, No. 20-cv-00960 (D. Colo. Apr. 6, 2020) (challenging the state stay-at-home order as a violation of fundamental rights);

  • Lawrence v. Colorado, No. 20-cv-00862 (D. Colo. Mar. 30, 2020) (challenging state pandemic orders and their impact on church services);

  • Stafford v. Baker, No. 5_20-cv-00123 (E.D.N.C. Mar. 27, 2020) (challenging an executive order limiting the number of gun permits issued during the pandemic);

  • Schulmerich Bells, LLC v. Wolf, No. 2:20-cv-01637 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 26, 2020) (challenging closure orders for failure to compensate for diminution of value in property interests).

Foreign Government and NGO Actions

Cases filed to date against foreign governments and international non-governmental organizations based on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic include:

  • Patella v. People’s Republic of China, No. 20-cv-00433 (M.D.N.C. May 15, 2020) (asserts claims of negligence and fraud for failure to contain the virus);

  • Edwards v. People’s Republic of China, No. 20-cv-01393 (E.D. La. May 8, 2020) (asserts claims of negligence and fraud for failure to contain the virus);

  • Benitez-White v. People’s Republic of China, No. 20-cv-01562 (S.D. Tex. May 3, 2020) (asserts claims for wrongful death, personal injury, gross negligence, and unjust enrichment based on allegations the COVID-19 virus originated from the Wuhan Biosafety Level 4 lab);

  • Kling vWorld Health Org., No. 7:20-cv-03124 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 20, 2020) (asserts claims of negligence for the WHO’s alleged failure in containing the COVID-19 virus and in failing to timely declare the crisis a public health emergency);

  • Smith vPeople’s Republic of China, No. 20-cv-01958 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 20, 2020) (asserts claims of negligence and reckless indifference for failure to contain the virus);

  • Aharon vChinese Communist Party, No. 9:20-cv-80604 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 7, 2020) (alleging that China has been stockpiling personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 crisis);

  • Bella Vista LLC et al. v. People’s Republic of China et al., No. 2:20-cv-00574 (D. Nev. Mar. 23 2020); Alters et al. v. People’s Republic of China et al., No. 1:20-cv-21108-UU (S.D. Fla. Mar. 12, 2020(assert claims by small businesses for negligence, strict liability, and public nuisance against Chinese government entities and ministries for failing to take appropriate actions to stem the spread of the coronavirus).

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND NURSING FACILITIES

Hospitals, healthcare providers and nursing and residential care facilities may face class action litigation based in contract or tort relating to their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless states have laws or orders limiting civil liability, these entities are potentially at risk of class action litigation.

  • The following states have enacted legislation or executive orders to shield healthcare providers from civil liability arising from the pandemic: Connecticut; Illinois; Massachusetts; Michigan; New Jersey; New York. The Pennsylvania legislature rejected similar legislation.  

  • Schoengood v. Hofgur LLC, No. 20-cv-02022 (E.D.N.Y. May 4, 2020): asserts claims under ADA and Rehabilitation Act for alleged failure to provide adequate care to long term care residents;

  • Estate of Joseph Maglioli v. Andover Subacute Rehabilitation Center I, No. 20-cv-06605 (N.J. Super. Ct. Apr. 28, 2020);

    • Notice of Removal filed on May 29, 2020 – Docket No. 20-cv-06605 (D.N.J. May 29, 2020);

INSURANCE

Insurers face heightened class action litigation risk as insured businesses encounter disruptions and look to their policies for relief and healthcare providers and health insurance subscribers seek coverage for COVID-19 treatments. Cases filed to date asserting breach of contract and declaratory judgment claims against insurers for failure to cover losses from forced business closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and state executive orders include:

  • Poughkeepsie Waterfront Development, LLC v. Travelers Indemnity Co. of Am., No. 20-cv-04890 (S.D.N.Y. June 25, 2020); WM Bang LLC v. Travelers Casualty Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-cv-04540 (S.D.N.Y. June 12, 2020); Bath v. Travelers Casualty Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-cv-00774 (W.D. Wash. May 22, 2020); Real Hospitality, LLC v. Travelers Casualty Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-cv-00087 (S.D. Miss. May 8, 2020); J.G. Optical, Inc. v. Travelers Cos., Inc., No. 20-cv-05744 (D.N.J. May 8, 2020); Fox v. Travelers Casualty Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-cv-0059 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 21, 2020); Nguyen v. Travelers Casualty Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-cv-00597 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 21, 2020);

  • Saucy Brew Works LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. CV 20 933932 (Ohio Comm. Pleas June 25, 2020); Dr. Clark Thomas, PC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00895 (N.D. Ala. June 24, 2020); Uncork & Create LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00401 (D.W.V. June 12, 2020); Moe’s Original BBQ Hoover, LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00832 (N.D. Ala. June 11, 2020);

    Neuro-Communication Services, Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-01275 (N.D. Ohio June 10, 2020); Stone Soup, Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02614 (E.D. Pa. June 4, 2020); Hirschfield-Louik v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00816 (W.D. Pa. June 3, 2020); Gilreath Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02248 (N.D. Ga. May 26, 2020); Bulldog Yoga Holdings LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02358 (E.D. Pa. May 20, 2020); Saucy Brew Works LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. CV 20 932532 (Ohio Comm. Pleas May 12, 2020); Homestate Seafood LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00649 (N.D. Ala. May 8, 2020); Derek Scott Williams PLLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02806 (N.D. Ill. May 8, 2020); Taste of Belgium LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00357 (S.D. Ohio May 5, 2020); St. Julian Wine Co., Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00374 (W.D. Mich. Apr. 30, 2020); Studio 417, Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 6_20-cv-03127 (W.D. Mo. Apr. 27, 2020); Milkboy Center City LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 2:20-cv-02036 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 27, 2020); Grand Street Dining, LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00330 (W.D. Mo. Apr. 23, 2020); Milkboy Center City LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 2:20-cv-02036 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 27, 2020); Grand Street Dining, LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00330 (W.D. Mo. Apr. 23, 2020); Promotional Headwear Int’l v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 2_20-cv-02211 (D. Kan. Apr. 24, 2020); Troy Stacy Enters. Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., No. 1:20-cv-00312 (S.D. Ohio Apr. 19, 2020);

  • Fountain Enterprises, LLC v. Markel Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-03689 (N.D. Ill. June 24, 2020);

    Kennedy Hodges & Associates Ltd., LLP v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-00853 (D. Conn. June 19, 2020); Taube v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-00565 (S.D. Ill. June 15, 2020); Pure Fitness, LLC v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-00775 (N.D. Ala. June 3, 2020); Metropolitan Dental Arts P.C. v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-02443 (E.D.N.Y. June 2, 2020); Back2Health Chiropractic Center, LLC v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-06717 (D.N.J. June 1, 2020); Gonzalez v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-22151 (S.D. Fla. May 22, 2020); Independence Barbershop, LLC v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-00555 (W.D. Tex. May 22, 2020); Karmel Davis & Assocs., Attorneys-At-Law, LLC v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-02181 (N.D. Ga. May 21, 2020);  Robert Levy, D.M.D., LLC v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00643 (E.D. Mo. May 14, 2020); Milton v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00640 (D. Conn. May 8, 2020); Eye Care Center of N.J., PA v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-05743 (D.N.J. May 8, 2020); Johnson v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-02000 (N.D. Ga. May 8, 2020); Rinnigade Art Works v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-10867 (D. Mass. May 7, 2020); Red Apple Dental PC v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-03549 (S.D.N.Y. May 06, 2020); Hair Studio 1208, LLC v. Hartford Underwriters Ins. Co., No. 20-cv0-02171 (E.D. Pa. May 5, 2020); Food for Thought Caterers Corp. v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-03418 (S.D.N.Y. May 1, 2020); Pigment, Inc. v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 3:20-cv-00794 (S.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2020); GCDC LLC v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 1:20-cv-01094 (D.D.C. Apr. 27, 2020); Lansdale 329 Prop, LLC v. Hartford Underwriters Ins. Co., No. 2:20-cv-02034 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 27, 2020); SA Hospitality Group, LLC v. Hartford Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-03258 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2020); Chorak v. Hartford Casualty Ins. Co., No. 2:20-cv-00627 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 24, 2020);

  • Turek Enterprises, Inc. v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-11655 (E.D. Mich. June 23, 2020); Elegant Massage, LLC v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00265 (E.D. Va. May 27, 2020); Royal Palm Optical, Inc. v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-80749 (S.D. Fla. May 5, 2020);

  • Monarch Ballroom, LLC v. Farmers Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-05493 (C.D. Cal. June 19, 2020);

  • Unmasked Management, LLC v. Century-National Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-01129 (S.D. Cal. June 19, 2020);

  • Daij, Inc. v. Wesco Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02739 (E.D.N.Y. June 19, 2020);

  • Tappo of Buffalo, LLC v. Erie Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00754 (W.D.N.Y. June 18, 2020); High Tech Hair, LLC v. Erie Ins. Exchange, No. 20-cv-02895 (E.D. Pa. June 17, 2020); Sulimay’s Hair Design Inc. v. Erie Ins. Ex., No. 20-cv-02731 (E.D. Pa. June 10, 2020); La Campagna Inc. v. Erie Ins. Grp., No. 20-cv-02689 (E.D. Pa. June 8, 2020); Capriccio Parkway, LLC v. Erie Ins. Ex., No. 200600011 (Pa. Comm. Pleas May 29, 2020);  Daly v. Erie Ins. Prop & Casualty Co., No. 20-cv-01406 (D.D.C. May 27, 2020); Menns Inc. v. Erie Ins. Ex., No. 20-cv-2875 (N.D. Ill. May 14, 2020); Geneva Foreign & Sports, Inc. v. Erie Ins. Co. of N.Y., No. 1:20-cv-00093 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 29, 2020); PGB Restaurant, Inc. v. Erie Ins. Co., No. 1-20-cv-02403 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 19, 2020);

  • Michael Cetta, Inc. v. Admiral Indemnity Co., No. 20-cv-04612 (S.D.N.Y. June 16, 2020);

  • Susan Spath Hegedus, Inc. v. Chubb Ltd., No. 20-cv-02832 (E.D. Pa. June 15, 2020); Beniak Enterprises, Inc. v. Chubb Ltd., No. 20-cv-05536 (D.N.J. May 5, 2020); Truhaven Enters. Inc. v. Chubb Ltd., No. 2:20-cv-04586 (D.N.J. Apr. 20, 2020); Café Int’l Holding Co. LLC v. Chubb Ltd., No. 1-20-cv-21641 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Byberry Services & Solutions, LLC v. Mt. Hawley Ins. Co. (N.D. Ill. June 8, 2020);

  • America’s Kids, LLC v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-03520 (N.D. Ill. June 16, 2020); Big Red Management Corp. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02113 (E.D. Pa. May 1, 2020);

  • Fink v. Hanover Ins. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-03907 (N.D. Cal. June 12, 2020);

  • Monday Restaurants LLC v. Intrepid Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00767 (E.D. Mo. June 12, 2020);

  • RJH Management Corp. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, No. 20-cv-03143 (C.D. Ill. June 11, 2020); Independence Beer Garden v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, No. 20-cv-02365 (E.D. Penn. May 20, 2020); 632 Metacom Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, No. 20-cv-03905 (S.D.N.Y. May 19, 2020); Fire Island Retreat v. Lloyd’s of London, No. 20-cv-02312 (E.D. Pa. May 15, 2020); Sun Cuisine, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, No. 1:20-cv-21827 (S.D. Fla. May 1, 2020); Town Kitchen, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, No. 106527294 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Apr. 21, 2020); Gio Pizzeria & Bar Hospitality, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, No. 20-cv-03107 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 17, 2020); SA Palm Beach LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, No. 20-cv-80677 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 22, 2020);

  • 726 West Grand LLC v. Society Ins., No. 20-cv-03432 (N.D. Ill. June 11, 2020); Cardelli Enterprise, LLC v. Society Ins., No. 20-cv-03263 (N.D. Ill. June 2, 2020); Barn Investment LLC v. Society Ins., No. 20-cv-03142 (N.D. Ill. May 28, 2020); Ambrosia Restaurant v. Society Ins., No. 20-cv-00771 (E.D. Wis. May 21, 2020); Roscoe Same LLC v. Society Ins., No. 1:20-cv-02641 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 30, 2020); JDS 1455, Inc. d/b/a/ West on North v. Society Ins., No. 1:20-cv-02546 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 24, 2020); Biscuit Café Inc. v. Society Ins., No. 20-cv-02514 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 23, 2020); Rising Dough Inc. v. Society Ins., No. 2-20-cv-00623 (E.D. Wis. Apr. 17, 2020); Billy Goat Tavern I v. Society Ins., No. 1:20-cv-02068 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 31, 2020); Big Onion Tavern Group, LLC v. Society Ins., No. 20-cv-02005 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 27, 2020);

  • 1 S.A.N.T., Inc. v. Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., No. 20-cv-00862 (W.D. Pa. June 11, 2020);

  • Jae Y. Hong, PLLC v. Transportation Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-05556 (W.D. Wash. June 9, 2020); O’Brien Sales & Marketing, Inc. v. Transportation Ins. Co., No. 4:20-cv-02951 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 29, 2020);

  • Hong v. Valley Forge Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00891 (W.D. Wash. June 9, 2020); Noskenda Inc. v. Valley Forge Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00854 (W.D. Wash. June 4, 2020); McCulloch v. Valley Forge Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00809 (W.D. Wash. May 29, 2020); JDL Inc. v. Valley Forge Ins. Co., No. 1:20-cv-02681 (N.D. Ill. May 4, 2020);

  • Auburn Racquet Club, Inc. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02666 (E.D. Pa. June 8, 2020); Crossroads Investments, LLC v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02329 (E.D. Pa. May 18, 2020);

  • Sweetwater Grill LLC v. Grange Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00853 (W.D. Pa. June 8, 2020);

  • Water Sports Kauai, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-03750 (N.D. Cal. June 5, 2020);

  • Caterer’s In the Park LLC v. Liberty Mut. Ins., No. 20-cv-06867 (D.N.J. June 4, 2020); Starjem Restaurant Corp. v. Liberty Mut. Ins., No. 20-cv-03672 (S.D.N.Y. May 12, 2020); Biltrite Furniture, Inc. v. Liberty Mut. Ins., No. 20-cv-656 (E.D. Wis. Apr. 24, 2020); Torre Rossa LLC v. Liberty Mut. Ins., No. CV-20-931885 (Ohio Comm. Pleas Apr. 15, 2020);

  • In The Park Savoy Caterers LLC v. Selective Ins. Grp., No. 20-cv-06869 (D.N.J. June 4, 2020);

  • Till Metro Entertainment v. Covington Specialty Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00255 (N.D. Okla. June 4, 2020);

  • LJ New Haven LLC v. Amguard Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00751 (D. Conn. June 1, 2020);

  • Chief of Staff LLC v. Hiscox Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-03169 (N.D. Ill. May 29, 2020);

  • Stanford Dental, PLLC v. Hanover Ins. Grp., Inc., No. 20-cv-11384 (E.D. Mich. May 29, 2020);

  • Crunch Logistics Inc. v. Donegal Ins. Grp., No. 20-cv-02525 (E.D. Pa. May 28, 2020);

  • Sunsations Tanning Salon, LLC v. Atain Specialty Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02510 (E.D. Pa. May 28, 2020);

  • Argenas v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00770 (W.D. Pa. May 28, 2020); Border Chicken AZ LLC v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00785 (D. Az. Apr. 22, 2020);

  • Captain Skrip’s Office LLC v. Conifer Holdings, Inc., No. 20-cv-11291 (E.D. Mich. May 22, 2020);

  • RPR Enterprises, Inc. v. Continental Western Group, LLC, No. 20-cv-02256 (D. Kan. May 22, 2020);

  • Club 31 Sports Bar & Lounge, LLC v. Mesa Underwriters Specialty Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00397 (W.D. Mo. May 18, 2020);

  • Broadway 104, LLC v. AXA Financial, Inc., No. 20-cv-03813 (S.D.N.Y. May 15, 2020);

  • Colby Restaurant Group., Inc. v. Utica Nat’l Ins. Group, No. 20-cv-05927 (D.N.J. May 15, 2020); Slate Hill Daycare Center Inc. v. Utica Nat’l Ins. Group, No. 20-cv-03565 (S.D.N.Y. May 7, 2020);

  • Ital Uomo of N.Y., Inc. v. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co., No. 20-cv-02209 (E.D.N.Y. May 15, 2020);

  • Holloman v. Bankers Ins. Group, Inc., No. 20-002399-CI (Fla. Cir. Ct. May 15, 2020);

  • Hirbox H. Rowshan DDS, P.S. v. Ohio Security Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00730 (W.D. Wash. May 14, 2020);

  • Cascadia Dental Specialists, Inc. v. Am. Fire and Caus. Co., No. 20-cv-00732 (W.D. Wash. May 14, 2020);

  • Deoleo v. U.S. Liability Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-02301 (E.D. Pa. May 14, 2020);

  • Sero, Inc. v. Berkley North Pacific Grp., LLC, No. 20-cv-00776 (D. Ore. May 13, 2020);

  • Blue Springs Dental Care LLC v. Owners Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-383 (W.D. Mo. May 13, 2020);

  • Raven and the Bow LLC v. First Mercury Ins., No. 20-cv-03264 (N.D. Cal. May 13, 2020);

  • Karla Aylen, DDS PLLC v. Aspen Am. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00717 (W.D. Wash. May 13, 2020); Marler v. Aspen Am. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00616 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 22, 2020); Mikkelson v. Aspen Am. Ins. Co., No. 3:20-cv-05378 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 20, 2020); Christie Jo Berkseth-Rojas v. Aspen Am. Ins. Co., No. 3:20-cv-00948 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 17, 2020);

  • Kahn v. Pa. Nat’l Mut. Cas. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00781 (M.D. Pa. May 12, 2020);

  • Paradigm Care & Enrichment Center, LLC v. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co., 20-cv-00720 (E.D. Wis. May 12, 2020);

  • Protégé Restaurant Partners LLC v. Sentinel Ins. Co., Ltd., No. 20-cv-03674 (N.D. Cal. June 2, 2020); Glow Medispa LLC v. Sentinel Ins. Co., Ltd., No. 20-cv-00712 (W.D. Wash. May 12, 2020); One40 Beauty Lounge LLC v. Sentinel Ins. Co., Ltd., No. 20-cv-00643 (D. Conn. May 8, 2020); Lee v. Sentinel Ins. Co., No. 3_20-cv-05422 (W.D. Wash. May 4, 2020); Lina Kim, DDS, P.S. v. Sentinel Ins. Co., Ltd., No. 20-cv-00657 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 30, 2020); Prato v. Sentinel Ins. Co., Ltd., No. 3:20-cv-05402 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 29, 2020); Hair Perfect, Int’l, Inc. v. Sentinel Ins. Co. Ltd., No. 20-cv-03729 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Carlos O. Caballero DDS, MS, PS v. Mass. Bay Ins., No. 20-cv-05437 (W.D. Wash. May 8, 2020);

  • Drama Camp Productions, Inc. v. Mt. Hawley Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00266 (S.D. Ala. May 8, 2020);

  • Cosmetic Laser, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00638 (D. Conn. May 8, 2020);

  • Wash.Wash.Big Tomato LLC v. State Auto Property & Casualty Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00086 (S.D. Miss. May 8, 2020); Young Blood Coffee Roasters, LLC v. State Auto Property & Casualty Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-01076 (D. Minn. May 4, 2020);

  • Image Dental, LLC v. Citizens Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-cv-02759 (N.D. Ill. May 6, 2020);

  • The Hair Place v. IMT Insurance Company, No. 20-cv-01102 (D. Minn. May 06, 2020);

  • Nue Seattle v. Oregon Mut. Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00676 (W.D. Wash. May 5, 2020);

  • Pappy’s Barber Shops, Inc. v. Farmer’s Group Inc., No. 20-cv-00907 (S.D. Cal. May 14, 2020); Kingray Inc. v. Farmers Group Inc., No. 20-cv-00963 (C.D. Cal. May 4, 2020);

  • Coates v. Foremost Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00383 (W.D. Mich. May 4, 2020);

  • Nixon v. Generali US Branch, No. 20-cv-02670 (N.D. Ill. May 2, 2020) (travel insurance);

  • GV KB Store LLC v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., No. 1:20-cv-21815 (S.D. Fla. May 1, 2020);

  • BBMS, LLC v. Continental Casualty Co., No. 20-cv-00353 (W.D. Mo. May 1, 2020);

  • Germack v. Dentists Ins. Co., No. 2:20-cv-00661 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 30, 2020);

  • Alliance Radiology, P.A. v. CAN Financial Corp., No. 20-cv-02218 (D. Kan. Apr. 29, 2020);

  • N&S Restaurant, LLC v. Cumberland Mutual Fire Ins. Co., No. 1:20-cv-05289 (D.N.J. Apr. 29, 2020);

  • Camp 1382 LLC v. Lancer Ins. Co., No. 1:20-cv-03336 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 29, 2020);

  • Project Lion LLC v. Badger Mutual Ins. Co., No. 2:20-cv-00768 (D. Nev. Apr. 28, 2020);

  • Atma Beauty, Inc. v. HDI Global Specialty SE, Docket no. 1:20-cv-21745 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 27, 2020);

  • Zwillo V, Corp. v. Lexington Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-339 (W.D. Mo. Apr. 27, 2020);

  • Equity Planning Corp. v. Westfield Ins. Co., No. CV 20 932122 (Ohio Comm. Pleas Apr. 27, 2020);

    • Notice of Removal filed on June 1, 2020 – No. 20-cv-01204 (N.D. Ohio June 1, 2020);

  • Dino Palmieri Salons, Inc., v. State Automobile Mutual Ins. Co., No. CV 20 932117 (Ohio Comm. Pleas Apr. 26, 2020);

  • Egg Works Holding Co., LLC v. Acuity, No. 2_20-cv-00748 (D. Nev. Apr. 25, 2020);

  • Egg and I, LLC v. U.S. Specialty Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00747 (D. Nev. Apr. 24, 2020);

  • Windber Hospital v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of Am., No. 20-cv-00080 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Pacific Endodontics, P.S. v. The Ohio Casualty Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00620 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 23, 2020);

  • Stan’s Bar-B-Q LLC v. Charter Oak Fire Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-00613 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 22, 2020);

  • The K’s Inc. v. Westchester Surplus Lines Ins. Co., No. 20-cv-01724 (N.D. Ga. Apr. 22, 2010);

  • In re COVID-19 Business Interruption Protection Insurance Litigation, No. 2942 (U.S.J.P.M.L. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Café Plaza De Mesilla Inc. v. Continental Casualty Co., No. 20-cv-00354 (D.N.M. Apr. 20, 2020);

  • Dakota Ventures, LLC v. Or. Mut. Ins. Co., No. 3-20-cv-00630 (D. Or. Apr. 17, 2020);

  • Bridal Expressions LLC v. Owners Ins. Co., No. 1:20-cv-00833 (N.D. Ohio Apr. 17, 2020);

PRIVACY AND CYBERSECURITY

Companies are facing privacy and cybersecurity claims by employers and consumers based on the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information and the unauthorized access by third parties in data security incidents. Cases filed to date include:

  • Julius v. Deloitte Consulting LLP, No. 20-cv-00542 (S.D. Ill. June 8, 2020); Neal v. Deloitte Consulting LLP, No. 20-cv-04362 (S.D.N.Y. June 8, 2020); Alexander v. Deloitte Consulting LLP, No. 20-cv-04129 (S.D.N.Y. May 29, 2020); Burns v. Deloitte Consulting LLP, No. 20-cv-04077 (S.D.N.Y. May 27, 2020); Culbertson v. Deloitte Consulting LLP, No. 20-cv-03962 (S.D.N.Y. May 21, 2020) (asserts claims of violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, negligence, breach of implied contract, and invasion of privacy for alleged failure to protect personally identifiable information of unemployment applicants);

  • St. Paulus Lutheran Church v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 20-cv-03252 (N.D. Cal. May 13, 2020); Kirpekar v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 5:20-cv-03042 (N.D. Cal. May 4, 2020); Buxbaum v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 5:20-cv-02939 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 29, 2020); Simins v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 5:20-cv-02893 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 27, 2020); Greenbaum v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 5:20-cv-02861 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 24, 2020); Henry v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 5:20-cv-02691 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 17, 2020); Jimenez v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 5:20-cv-02591 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 14, 2020); Hurvitz v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 2:20-cv-03400 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 13, 2020); Kondrat v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 5:20-cv-02520 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 13, 2020); Ohlweiler v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 20-cv-03281 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 3, 2020); Cullen v. Zoom Video Comms., Inc., No. 20-cv-02155 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 30, 2020) (assert claims for consumer privacy, consumer fraud, negligence, invasion of privacy, and unjust enrichment based on the collection, misuse, and disclosure to third parties (including Facebook) of user information).

  • Sweeney v. Life of Air, Inc., No. 3:20-cv-00742 (S.D. Cal. Apr. 17, 2020) (asserts claims of negligence, consumer privacy, and breach of contract for collection and disclosure of personal information through the social networking app Houseparty).

PRODUCT PRICING, MARKETING & LABELING

Manufacturers and sellers of products with medical, sanitation, and hygiene applications are facing class action claims related to the pricing, marketing and labeling of their products based on advertising and consumer protection laws. Cases filed to date include:

  • Golditch v. Alphabet, Inc., No. 20-cv-11142 (D. Mass. June 16, 2020): asserts consumer protection and unjust enrichment claims regarding alleged false advertising regarding cleaning products;

  • Lagorio v. GermBloc, Inc., No. 20-cv-11074 (D. Mass. June 5, 2020): asserts consumer protection and unjust enrichment claims regarding alleged false advertising regarding hand sanitizer products.

  • Redmond v. Albertsons Companies, Inc., No. 20-cv-03692 (N.D. Cal. June 3, 2020): asserts consumer protection claims for alleged price gouging of essential items during the pandemic;

  • Lagorio v. Staples, Inc., No. 20-cv-11015 (D. Mass. May 28, 2020): asserts consumer protection claims for alleged false advertising regarding hand sanitizer products;

  • Mier v. CVS Health, No. 30-2020-0114024 (Cal. Super. Ct. May 26, 2020): asserts consumer protection and misrepresentation claims for alleged false advertising regarding hand sanitizer products;

  • CO Craft, LLC v. Grubhub, Inc., No. 20-cv-01327 (D. Colo. May 11, 2020) (alleging that Grubhub uses a false advertising campaign to convince customers that their competitors’ restaurants are closed);

  • Miclaus v. Invention Submission Corp., No. 20-cv-00681 (W.D. Pa. May 7, 2020) (challenging the company’s alleged use of deceptive and fraudulent marketing to promote products during the pandemic).

  • Mercado v. eBay, Inc., No. 5:20-cv-03053 (N.D. Cal. May 4, 2020): asserts consumer protection and quasi-contract claims based on alleged price gouging of personal protective equipment and personal hygiene products.

  • McQueen v. Amazon.com, No. 20-cv-02782 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 21, 2020); Armas v. Amazon.com Inc., No. 104631782 (Cir. Ct. Fla. Mar. 10, 2020): assert claim for consumer fraud based on alleged price gouging of essential consumer products.

  • Bell v. Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., No. 1:20-cv-00461 (W.D. Tex. Apr. 30, 2020); Fraser v. Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., No. 20-cv-02733 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 20, 2020): asserts consumer protection claims for alleged price gouging of essential groceries.

  • Taslakian v. Target Co., 2:20-cv-2667 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 20, 2020): asserts claims for false advertising, consumer fraud, and misrepresentation based on claims about benefits of hand sanitizers.

  • Miller v. Gojo Indus., Inc., No. 4:20-cv-562 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 13, 2020); Jurkiewicz v. Gojo Indus., Inc., No. 5:20-cv-279 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 9, 2020); Gonzalez v. Gojo Indus., Inc., No. 1:20-cv-888 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 1, 2020); Marinovich v. Gojo Indus., Inc., No. 3:20-cv-747 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 31, 2020); Aleisa v. Gojo Indus., Inc., No. 2:20-cv-1045 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 31, 2020): assert claims for false advertising, consumer fraud, and misrepresentation based on claims about benefits of hand sanitizers.

  • David v. Vi-Jon, Inc. dba Germ-X, No. 3:20-cv-00424 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 5, 2020): asserts claims for false advertising, consumer fraud, and misrepresentation based on claims about benefits of hand sanitizers.

SHAREHOLDER AND SECURITIES LITIGATION

Public companies face class action claims by shareholders concerning statements and omissions concerning the impact of COVID-19 on their operations and performance. Cases filed to date include:

  • Gowen v. Chembio Diagnostics, Inc., No. 20-cv-02758 (E.D.N.Y. June 22, 2020); Chernysh v. Chembio Diagnostics, Inc., No. 20-cv-02706 (E.D.N.Y. June 18, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements regarding the development of an antibody to counteract COVID-19;

  • Leonard v. SCWorx Corp., No. 20-cv-04777 (S.D.N.Y. June 22, 2020);  Leeburn v. SCWorx Corp., No. 20-cv-04072 (S.D.N.Y. May 27, 2020); Yannes v. SCWorx Corp., No. 1:20-cv-03349 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 29, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements regarding the production and sale of COVID-19 tests;

  • Lucas v. United States Oil Fund, L.P., No. 20-cv-04740 (S.D.N.Y. June 19, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on alleged failure to disclose risks of investing in oil futures during the pandemic;

  • Calvo v. Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., No. 20-cv-1066 (S.D. Cal. June 11, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements regarding the development of an antibody to counteract COVID-19;

  • Arbitrage Fund v. Forescout Technologies, Inc., No. 20-cv-03819 (N.D. Cal. June 10, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements related to the company’s financial well-being and their compliance with a  merger agreement during the pandemic;

  • Lombard v. Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 20-cv-00769 (D. Del. June 8, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements related to the financial well-being of the company and the merits of a proposed merger agreement;

  • Ma v. Wells Fargo & Co., No. 20-cv-03697 (N.D. Cal. June 4, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements relating to the bank’s participation in and administration of the PPP program;

  • Elmensdorp v. Carnival Corp., No. 20-cv-22319 (S.D. Fla. June 3, 2020); Service Lamp Corp. Profit Sharing Plan v. Carnival Corp., No. 20-cv-22202 (S.D. Fla. May 27, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements relating to the business’s health and safety protocols and the company’s role in exacerbating the transmission of the virus;

  • McCann v. Hill, No. 20-cv-06435 (D.N.J. May 27, 2020): asserts claims under ERISA against plan administrator of ERISA plan based on decline in value of plan assets;

  • Wasa Medical Holdings v. Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., No. 20-cv-00966 (S.D. Cal. May 26, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements regarding the development of an antibody treatment for COVID-19;

  • Hunter v. Elanco Animal Health Inc., No. 20-cv-01460 (S.D. Ind. May 20, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements that minimized the effect of the pandemic on the company’s financial performance;

  • Banuelos v. Norwegian Cruise Lines, No. 20-cv-21685 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 22, 2020); Atachbarian v. Norwegian Cruise Lines, No. 1:20-cv-21386 (S.D. Fla. Mar 31, 2020); Douglas v. Norwegian Cruise Lines, No. 20-cv-21107 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 12, 2020): assert federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements that minimized the health crisis and its impact on the company’s business.

  • Cedeno v. iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc., No. 20-cv-03513 (S.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020); Finch v. iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc., No. 1:20-cv-03135 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 20, 2020); Riback v. iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc., No. 1:20-cv-03044 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 15, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on a company alleged use of the COVID-19 crisis to improperly avoid making interest payments on its loans.

  • Brams v. Zoom Video Communications, Inc., No. 3:20-cv-02396 (N.D. Cal. Apr 8, 2020); Drieu v. Zoom Video Communications, Inc., No. 3:20-cv-02353 (N.D. Cal. Apr 7, 2020): assert federal securities law claims based on Zoom’s allegedly inadequate security and privacy measures, which were exposed by Zoom’s increased use during the pandemic.

  • McDermid v. Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 20-cv-01402 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 12, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Douglas v. Norwegian Cruise Lines, No. 20-cv-21107 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 12, 2020): asserts federal securities law claims based on allegedly false and misleading statements regarding business operations and projected performance of the company;

Transmission and Exacerbation of COVID-19

Plaintiffs have filed class actions alleging that businesses negligently promoted the spread of COVID-19 or hid information about the risks of COVID-19 transmission or complications. Cases filed to date include:

  • Chung v. Carnival Corp., No. 20-cv-04954 (C.D. Cal. June 4, 2020); Archer v. Carnival Corporation, et al., No. 20-cv-02381 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 8, 2020): asserts claims including negligence and gross negligence based on an outbreak of COVID-10 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and other Carnival cruise ships.

  • Eicher v. Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd., No. 20-cv-04958 (C.D. Cal. June 4, 2020); Heinzer v. Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd., No. 20-cv-04959 (C.D. Cal. June 4, 2020): asserts negligence and infliction of emotional distress claims for failure to protect passengers from transmission of COVID-19;

  • Schoengood v. Hofgur LLC, No. 20-cv-02022 (E.D.N.Y. May 4, 2020): alleging failure of a senior care facility to take adequate measures to protects its elderly and disabled residents.

  • Molchun v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., No. 1_20-cv-21792 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 30, 2020): asserts admiralty and negligence claims for alleged failure to protect crew members of cruise from exposure to COVID-19.

  • Kantrow v. Celebrity Cruises Inc., No. 20-cv-21997 (S.D. Fla. May 13, 2020); Nedeltcheva v. Celebrity Cruises Inc., No. 20-cv-21569 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 14, 2020): asserts claims of negligence for alleged failure to protect crew members of cruise from exposure to COVID-19.

  • In re: Juul Labs, Inc. Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation, 19-md-2913 (Apr. 10, 2020): amends complaint to assert claims based on allegations that vaping product users are at greater risk of complications from COVID-19.

  • Turner v. Costa Crociere SPA, No. 20-cv-21481 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 7, 2020): asserts claims including negligence and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress related to cruise line’s decision to embark on cruise despite allegedly knowing a passenger was showing symptoms of COVID-19.

WEBSITE, DIGITAL, AND PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY

Companies are likely to face Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other claims based on the ability of consumers with disabilities to access brick-and-mortar establishments governed by new health and safety standards and to understand their websites, mobile applications, and electronic platforms, especially as goods and services that were previously available at brick-and-mortar sites move to the internet.

  • Kapp v. Belk, Inc., No. 20-cv-00578 (M.D.N.C. June 24, 2020): asserts claims under ADA for alleged failure to provide adequate access to the website of a brick and mortar department store to the visually impaired;

  • Sosa v. W.B. Mason, Inc., No. 20-cv-04828 (S.D.N.Y. June 23, 2020): asserts claims under ADA for alleged failure to provide adequate access to an online shopping website to the visually impaired;

  • McKnight-Nero v. Walmart, Inc., No. 20-cv-01541 (D.D.C. June 11, 2020): asserts claims under D.C. Human Rights Act and ADA for alleged discrimination in implementing store hours reserved for elderly and highly susceptible shoppers;

  • Drenth v. Boockvar, No. 20-cv-00829 (M.D. Pa. May 21, 2020): asserts claims under ADA for alleged inadequate accessibility for blind individuals provided under absentee ballot system;

  • J.P. ex rel. R.P. v. Educational Testing Services, No. 20-cv-04502 (C.D. Cal. May 19, 2020): asserting claims for damages and injunctive relief based on alleged inadequate access to Advanced Placement exams for high school students;

  • Lewis v. Pritzker, No. 20-cv-02836 (N.D. Ill. May 8, 2020): asserting claims under the ADA based on alleged discriminatory enforcement of health conditions exemptions to face mask requirements;

  • Winegard v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 20-cv-02132 (E.D.N.Y. May 11, 2020): asserting claims under the ADA based on alleged difficulty in access to products on website for the hard of hearing.

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