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“With the pandemic, we’ve seen a groundswell of new litigation, and even those companies who have not yet faced a COVID-19 class action have considered or adopted new business practices in an attempt to address related issues and minimize risk,” said Julianna Thomas McCabe, of Carlton Fields. (Credit: Arthimedes/Shutterstock) “With the pandemic, we’ve seen a groundswell of new litigation, and even those companies who have not yet faced a COVID-19 class action have considered or adopted new business practices in an attempt to address related issues and minimize risk,” said Julianna Thomas McCabe, of Carlton Fields. (Credit: Arthimedes/Shutterstock)

Class action lawsuits reached a fever pitch during the past year, with insurance coverage cases involving business interruption (BI) accounting for 21% of COVID-19-related litigation, according to Carlton Fields’ Class Action Survey. During 2020, spending on class action litigation grew at a rate more than double that of other litigation spending, reaching a record $2.9 billion.

Education refunds and reimbursement for entertainment, tickets and travel were the other two largest categories for COVID-related class action suits, accounting for 19% and 11% of cases, respectively.

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is an assistant editor with PC360 Group. Prior to his current position, Steve spent nearly a decade covering retail transformation, consumer trends, manufacturing issues and supply chain challenges impacting global CPG markets. He can be reached at [email protected], and on LinkedIn and Twitter.  

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