M&W Case Alert – U.S. District Court Grants M&W Motion To Dismiss Pandemic-Based Business Interruption Claim; State Court Dismisses A Similar Claim

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Judge Kugler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in M&W’s favor by dismissing with prejudice a putative multi-district class action lawsuit seeking business interruption losses on account of executive orders closing non-essential businesses in the wake of COVID-19.more

Shortly thereafter we learned that Judge Polansky of Camden County Superior Court had dismissed a similar claim against a different insurer.  Both of these decisions are likely to be cited across the state as insurers seek release from litigation over business interruption claims prompted by pandemic-related closures and no allegation of physical loss or damage to insured property.  Read the full Case Alert here.

Returning to the Workplace

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An analysis of litigation trends and safety protocols in the midst of the worst public health crisis in over 100 years.more

Businesses across the country face unique challenges in formulating and implementing return-to-work strategies which protect them from liability as well as providing a safe and secure workplace for their employees.  Read the full analysis here.

M&W Named Insurance Law Litigation Department of the Year for the Fifth Time in Seven Years

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The New Jersey Law Journal has named Methfessel & Werbel New Jersey’s top insurance law firm of the year, making the firm a five time winner.more

No firm over the past 48 years has had a greater impact on the development of law affecting insurance carriers in New Jersey.   Hundreds of cases litigated by Methfessel & Werbel have culminated in written opinions at all levels, including trial and appellate courts and the New Jersey Supreme Court.   Read the full press release here.

Case Alert – New Jersey Supreme Court Compels Arbitration of NJLAD Lawsuit Based on Employee’s “Assent” to Mandatory Arbitration

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The New Jersey Supreme Court issued an important precedential opinion in the matter of Amy Skuse v. Pfizer, Inc.   A divided Supreme Court reversed the Appellate Division and reinstated the trial court’s order dismissing the case on the basis of the binding arbitration agreement.more

Employers large and small would be well-advised to read the opinion and to confer with counsel regarding the scope and delivery of their mandatory arbitration agreements.  Read the full Case Alert here.