More than 500 new class-action suits associated with the pandemic and shutdown-related matters were filed as of May 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock) Twenty-five percent of class-action suits filed in relation to the pandemic concern business interruption coverage claims. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In late May, most states that had imposed stay-at-home orders or shelter-in-place mandates to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 began to lift certain restrictions for many businesses. But until state officials and health experts see significant improvements in areas such as expanded testing, tracking of infected persons and vaccine development, businesses must learn how to operate in a “new normal” environment that includes adhering to specific reopening guidelines.

As businesses learn how to reopen safely and strive to stay in compliance, legal experts in a recent survey have reported an increase in the number of newly filed class-action lawsuits. In fact, as of May, more than 500 new class-action suits associated with the pandemic and shutdown-related matters were filed, with 70% of legal decision-makers predicting that number will vastly increase before the end of this year. 

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