Coronavirus/Covid-19 Business Disruption and Contract and Insurance Claims


CLE credits earned: 1 GENERAL (or 1 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to exact a human toll. As state and national governments fight to mitigate its impact, business are also attempting to address the social and economic impacts. When do such disruptions, including so-called “shelter in place” orders and other impacts, excuse contract performance? How can you continue protect your contracts and mitigate your risks? When will insurance coverage play a role in risk management strategies? Drawing on U.S. case law involving Avian Flu and other contagions, Dan Brown takes a look at force majeure and other related doctrines on the front-end of risk management, and reviews common insurance coverage issues that may apply to COVID-19 related disruptions as well.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   What to do now, if your business is disrupted, or even if it is not
•   When and how to declare force majeure, and what to do if others giving you notice
•   What legal remedies might exist when your contracts do not contain force majeure clauses?
•   What common types of insurance may respond in the crisis?
•   What bases might exist for reservations or denials in common insurance policies?

Date / Time: May 6, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 24 hours after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: April 1, 2020

Dan Brown, Esq. is a commercial litigator at Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Minneapolis office, specializing in both in agricultural biotechnology and in insurance and risk management. Dan’s practice includes a wide variety of litigation in both insurance and biotechnology, as well as areas such as construction, waste management, and licensing. When Dan is not at the courthouse, Dan also a substantial practice in advising clients with insurance placement and contracting, as well as pre-litigation resolution strategies.

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