Pandemic Spawns A Litany Of Litigation

 Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 The Journal

It is a sure bet that lots of lawyers have not stopped working during the quarantine. Judging from the number of COVID-19-related lawsuits that have been filed, lawyers may be the most fully employed of all the occupations, excluding health care workers.

The number of lawsuits stemming from the pandemic increases every day. Some of the suits seem legit, while others appear far-reaching, and some just make you mad.

Cities and towns are suing their governors for either not acting fast enough to issue a call for quarantine or for not acting quickly enough to lift business restrictions so communities can try to get back to normal again.

Two states, Missouri and Mississippi, are suing China for unleashing the viral scourge and failing to warn the global population.

Students are suing their universities for either remaining open too long, thus potentially exposing them to the COVID-19 virus, or for closing promptly and refusing to quickly offer tuition and room-and-board refunds. Airlines and ticket brokers have been sued for canceling flights or events. Amusement parks, ski resorts and gyms have been sued for failure to refund customers on prepaid passes or memberships.