COVID-19 litigation tracker shows over 200 complaints filed against corporates

More than 200 complaints have already been filed in US courts alleging corporate defendants are responsible for introducing and spreading COVID-19 there. This is according to data taken from liability risk analytics software firm, Praedicat's newly-developed litigation tracker which monitors US courts for casualty-relevant COVID-19 litigation.

As at 13th July, 217 complaints had been filed with 55% involving allegations of personal injury or threat of personal injury among cruise ship passengers and nursing home residents and employees.

The tracker is designed to help re/insurers stay abreast of and respond to this fast-moving litigation event by identifying the most vulnerable industries. So far, these have been identified as hospitals, meat packing facilities, restaurants and warehouses.

The tracker is also capturing shareholder actions alleging corporate officers breached their fiduciary duty during the pandemic.

David Loughran, head of product and chief economist at Praedicat said: “Our litigation tracking service has provided the first picture of the scale of the emerging legal action related to the fast-changing pandemic. Already, we are seeing that nursing home complaints are accelerating while cruise line complaints are levelling off. The initial feedback we have had from clients is that the data has been extremely useful to help them manage their potential exposure to novel causes of action.”

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