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Insurance for COVID-19 Business Losses & Liabilities

What’s Available and What Are The Coverage Issues Carriers Are Raising?

Don Lesser | Managing Attorney, Lesser Law Group

Businesses large and small are confronting a wide range of financial losses and legal claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of which threaten the companies’ very survival.

Insurance Coverage & Recovery Attorney Don A. Lesser of The Lesser Law Group, with offices in San Rafael, San Francisco and Sacramento, will lead a discussion of how the insurance policies businesses typically carry may provide protection for COVID-19 related losses, the defenses carriers are raising to deny or limit coverage, and how policyholders can try to overcome them. He will also provide an update on current coverage litigation and proposed legislation on these issues.

Shelter-in-Place orders have already caused widespread economic damage, and businesses are asking what protection their insurance policies provide, including:

• Will the business interruption coverage of commercial property policies cover business income losses caused by shutdowns or slowdowns? How are the insurers resisting these claims and how can policyholders argue for coverage?
• What about Civil Authority coverage?
• Are liability policies going to protect the company against lawsuits by customers, visitors, employees and others?
• How will Directors’ & Officers’ Liability policies respond to claims by shareholders, consumers, regulators and others alleging misleading public statements, unfair business practices, compliance failures, or the board’s failure to take appropriate steps to protect the corporation against loss resulting from the pandemic?
• Do “virus/bacteria” or “pollution” exclusions apply?
• What litigation and government actions have been taken so far to try to secure insurance coverage for COVID-19 losses?

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Wednesday | June 10, 2020

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Don Lesser

Managing Attorney, Lesser Law Group

Don A. Lesser is the Managing Attorney of The Lesser Law Group in San Rafael, San Francisco and Sacramento. He and his colleagues represent a wide range of business policyholders from restaurants, hospitals and technology firms to international Fortune 500 companies. The firm represents clients in pre-litigation claims advocacy and coverage and bad faith litigation. Don’s practice has emphasized commercial liability and property coverages including professional E&O, directors’ and officers’ liability policies, commercial general liability, products liability, business interruption, commercial crime and cyber coverages. Before starting his own policyholder firm in 1999, Don was a partner at a large San Francisco firm where he represented insurers, gaining an intimate familiarity with how carriers’ claims staff analyze claims and make decisions.