The One-Year Anniversary of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insurance Coverage Decisions & Implications


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United States, upending our lives, and causing trillions of dollars in damage. As the virus reached American shores, ensuing government closure orders devastated the economy and forced many businesses to close their doors forever. The pandemic also led to a wave of insurance lawsuits, as policyholders turned to their insurers for coverage in their hour of greatest need but received only denials across the board. These coverage disputes continue to progress through the courts, as many trial courts have now issued decisions and several lawsuits are progressing to the appellate level.

This presentation will summarize early trends in COVID-19 insurance-coverage disputes, analyze key victories for policyholders and the implications of these decisions for other insureds; and predict future trends in insurance litigation for COVID-19 losses.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

• Key coverage issues presented by COVID-19 claims
• Early trends in COVID-19 coverage litigation
• Key victories for policyholders and implications for other insureds
• A potential second wave of coverage lawsuits as the one-year anniversary approaches
• Future trends in coverage litigation for COVID-19 disputes

Date / Time: March 16, 2021

• 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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Original Broadcast Date: March 16, 2021

Tae Andrews | Miller Friel, PLLC

Tae Andrews is an experienced policyholder advocate who litigates complex insurance disputes in both state and federal courts. He has successfully represented a wide range of corporate policyholders across many industries, including construction, education, retail clothing, tax, food and beverage, information technology, banking, and project finance. Tae’s practice focuses on advising corporate policyholders on insurance coverage issues arising under commercial general liability, directors and officers, commercial property, professional liability/errors and omissions, builder’s risk, and other types of insurance policies.

Within the past year, he won summary judgment on behalf of a policyholder seeking defense coverage for opioid-related claims, won summary judgment on behalf of a corporate policyholder seeking to recover its losses due to Hurricane Harvey, and secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for a client seeking coverage for a False Claims Act investigation by the Department of Justice.

Tae was also selected as one of four Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers for Insurance Law in the District of Columbia.

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I. Deliver a brief recap of the key issues presented by claims for insurance coverage for COVID-19 losses. 2:00-2:12
II. Report on early trends in COVID-19 coverage litigation, including common pleading deficiencies that led to a string of early insurer victories. 2:12-2:24
III. Analyze several key victories for policyholders and their implications for other insureds 2:24-2:36
IV. Explain why suit-limitation clauses may lead to another wave of coverage lawsuits as the one-year anniversary approaches. 2:36-2:48
V. Predict future trends in insurance litigation that will play out over the next year. 2:48-3:00