Lawsuits in the time of Coronavirus

Wondering what lawyers have been doing during the pandemic? Filing lawsuits of course.

The American Bar Association is reporting that over 800 coronavirus-related lawsuits have been filed since the start of the pandemic. By far the largest number of cases – 230 of the 800 cases—have involved prison conditions, including from inmates who were seeking release. There are also lawsuits against cruise lines, airlines, hospitals, and long term care facilities.

Then there are lawsuits against government entities, including the Pennsylvania Department of Health based on an alleged failure to monitor long term care facilities appropriately and against government policies about orders that prevent bible study or other gatherings.

Finally, there have been lawsuits against Ticketmaster and other venues and teams that have postponed events but haven’t provided refunds. It’s not clear how many of those lawsuits will be dismissed because the government has passed protections for hospitals, nursing homes, and long term care facilities during the pandemic. What is clear is that lawyers will always find a way to stay busy.

From The Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

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