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COVID-19-Related Litigation Explodes Leading into May and June 2020

As a follow-up to our April 23, 2020, blog post, “Be Prepared for an Onslaught of Coronavirus-Related Lawsuits, we are sharing the “COVID-19 Impact Analyzer” report from Lex Machina® on general and COVID-19-related case filing statistics for covered jurisdictions and courts with the permission of Lex Machina®.

About the Lex Machina® COVID-19 Impact Analyzer Report

The report compares certain case filings for followed courts for the last weeks of May 2018, 2019, and 2020. Note the big jump in general product liability case filings for the last week of May 2020. Perhaps, most importantly, note the increasing number of COVID-19-related case filings (by criteria established by Lex Machina®) from the period beginning February 24, 2020, and ending May 31, 2020. Although the high filing rate during the month of May 2020 seemed to level off, it increased dramatically during the months of March through early May to a significant weekly rate. It will be interesting to see the trend over the summer as businesses and states ease on closures and restrictions.

Thanks to Lex Machina® for providing this report. Please review the full report for more complete information on how the information was compiled and presented, as well as data sources.

About Norris McLaughlin’s COVID-19 Response

We know it’s not easy to weather this crisis, but you’re not in this alone. We are here to support you and your businesses during these challenging times. Our multi-practice approach to client service combined with the geographic location of our firm has always contributed to a strong value proposition for our clients, but it is especially true during this time. Staying up-to-date on COVID-19 is vitally important, so you can rest assured that we’ve got your back when it comes to the broad range of legal issues you and your business may be facing, including consumer claims, product liability claims, insurance issues and disputes, labor and employment matters, health care matters, real estate/landlord-tenant concerns, banking and finance issues, business continuity design/implementation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, distribution and supply chain contracts, and virtually all manner of business litigation.

If you have any questions about this post or any related matters, please feel free to contact me at sakarg@norris-law.com or tweet me at @NJProductsLaw. For other topics related to the coronavirus, visit our Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

The information contained in this post may not reflect the most current developments, as the subject matter is extremely fluid and constantly changing. Readers are also cautioned against taking any action based on information contained herein without first seeking advice from professional legal counsel.