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California finds itself amid yet another ferocious wildfire season, with the Dixie blaze now holding the record for the second largest wildfire in the history of the state. As a combination of hotter and drier weather and failing electrical infrastructure are projected to continue to turn the state into a tinderbox ready to ignite during the warmer months, fire damage and smoke taint claims affecting property and large agricultural areas will remain on the rise for the foreseeable future.
How the first federal Appellate decision assessing COVID-19 business interruption claims may impact similar cases going forward
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, almost 2,000 lawsuits have been filed in federal and state courts throughout the United States by policyholders affected by the public health crisis. In the vast majority of these cases, business owners have sought coverage under commercial property policies for losses arising out of interruptions caused by local and state-wide shutdowns.
Sexual abuse and molestation lawsuits are tragically commonplace on court dockets throughout the country. While the perpetrators of abuse face significant criminal liability, it is often other individuals and entities that allegedly employed, supervised, regulated, or otherwise had a relationship with the perpetrator that find themselves entrenched in civil litigation commenced by survivors. Against this landscape, the applicable duty of care of an organization to prevent or protect against harm caused by a third-party perpetrator is a particularly significant inquiry.
As of May 26, 2021, the estimated market capitalization of the cryptocurrency market exceeded USD 1.7 trillion despite recent market fluctuations. There is growing interest by a wide range of publicly traded companies in incorporating crypto into their business models given the ongoing market development.