Dan Webb, Webb Sanders & Williams member, has been accepted as a member of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC) and was selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators this last month. The firm congratulates Dan on adding these distinguished honors to his career.
Refusal of an insured to submit to an examination under oath (EUO) by their insurance company after filing a claim invalidates their coverage if their policy requires an EUO. Before requiring an EUO, insurance companies should review who is required to submit to an EUO and how transcriptions of that interview may be used in court.
It’s not been uncommon over the last year for families to sue businesses alleging that unsafe working conditions during the pandemic caused a worker’s illness. For the first time, however, a woman in California is suing her husband’s employer for spreading the virus to their household when she contracted the virus from her husband. The husband’s illness was covered by worker’s compensation so he is not able to sue the company directly.
We are watching several COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits. How these suits play out could change the insurance litigation landscape. One of the major suits we’re monitoring is in the U.S. District Court in Illinois. Multiple hospitality industry businesses across several districts filed suit against their common insurer, Society Insurance. Three bellwether cases were selected by the court: Big Onion Tavern Group, LLC, et al. v. Society Insurance, No. 1:20-cv-02005; Valley Lodge Corp. v.
For twenty-four years Christin D’Onfrio, who is deaf, worked for Costco with no problems communicating with her managers. When the Costco in South Florida where she worked hired a manager who mumbled, D’Onfrio requested an interpreter or to have communications written down. The store provided her a video phone with online interpretation services. She was written up for yelling into the phone then suspended and later terminated.