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Fact or Fiction: Most Lawsuits Against Insurers for Failing to Cover Pandemic Losses Have Been Thrown Out of Court

Believe it or not, this is a fact! Along with thousands of smaller mom-and-pop businesses, insurers have been sued by larger companies such as: Century 21, the 60-year-old real estate brokerage, announced it would be closing for good and  blamed its insurer. Retailer Ralph Lauren sued its insurance company, Factory Mutual, which was one of the few insurers that offered policies that explicitly provided some...
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Want Your Job Back? Can Employers Require Employees to Take the Covid-19 Vaccine?

On December 8, the Food and Drug Administration released papers appearing to say that Pfizer’s vaccine showed “a favorable safety profile, with no specific safety concerns.” So far, however, neither the EEOC nor the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have provided guidance to employers on COVID-19 vaccine requirements. In the past, employers have been allowed to require safety measures such as vaccines, with exceptions for...
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Fact or Fiction: Federal Judges Have No Protection for Their Personal Information

This is a fact! Multiple federal judges and even their families have been targeted for murder. Fifteen years ago, the husband and mother of federal Judge Joan Lefkow were murdered at her home by an aggrieved former plaintiff. Four federal judges have been killed since 1979, and the number of threats is skyrocketing, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. In July 2020 federal Judge Esther...
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Will Centuries Old Laws Limit Cruise Line Liability in Covid-19 Lawsuits?

It may depend where the victim died! The Death on the High Seas Act Drastically Limits Recovery for Victims and Their Families The Death on the High Seas Act (“DOHSA”), applies “when the death of an individual is caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas beyond three nautical miles from shore of the United States”. 46 U.S.C. §30302. If DOHSA...
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Prop 22 Blows a Hole in California’s Independent Contractor Law

It’s official. California voters have voted “overwhelmingly,” (winning by almost 59% of the vote) to allow “gig economy” companies like Uber and Lyft to continue treating drivers as independent contractors. Gig economy companies like Uber funded the ballot measure after a 2018 California Supreme Court ruling, later codified in a 2019 state law called “AB 5” mandated that workers who performed tasks within a company’s...
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#FreeBritney … The Legal Battle to Free Britney Spears

Every family has its drama; fame doesn’t make a difference. This Thanksgiving, the Spear’s family dinner might be a little awkward. Britney Spears recently filed a formal motion to permanently remove her father as a co-conservator of her $54 million estate and appoint Bessemer Trust Company the sole conservator moving forward. The motion was meant to formalize an arrangement that has been in place for over...
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Scariest Zoom Meeting Ever? CNN Legal Analyst Accidentally Masturbates In Front of Colleagues

Popular legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was suspended from The New Yorker and put on leave at CNN earlier this week after an embarrassing Zoom incident. Thinking that his computer camera and audio was turned off, Toobin masturbated during an election simulation between The New Yorker and WNYC radio employees. Toobin claims he unknowingly exposed himself to his colleagues when he thought his camera and microphone...
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Why Is Actress Hillary Swank Suing Her Health Insurance Carrier?

Hillary Swank sues The Board of Trustees of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Oscar-winning actress Hillary Swank, of “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Away” fame, is taking her long time battle with her insurance company to court. Swank filed a lawsuit last week against the Board of Trustees of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan for their denial of her claim for ovarian cyst treatment. “Their policies are antiquated, barbaric,...
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Personal Injury Lawsuits Relating to Covid-19 Exposure

Have you been exposed to Covid-19 in your workplace or at a business? There are already high-profile cases working their way through the courts relating to whether companies and public entities are responsible for informing clients or employees about risk of exposure or mitigating the spread of Covid-19. Most personal injury claims based on Covid-19 are based a negligence theory of liability, meaning that a...
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