In the latest episode of the podcast series Insurance Considerations Amid COVID-19, we are joined by Deborah White, president of the Retail Litigation Center (RLC) and senior executive vice president and general counsel of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). Deborah provides insight and analysis regarding the retail industry’s varied and innovative response to the pandemic, including how large retailers deal with the patchwork of evolving state and local regulations and how they are innovating at breakneck speed to meet consumer demand while maintaining safety for employees, suppliers, and customers. Not surprisingly, we also talk about masks, how we all got our start in retail, and a little … insurance.

Podcast VII: One Size Does Not Fit All – Retail Responds to COVID-19

On this episode, we are joined by Deborah White, president of the Retail Litigation Center (RLC) and senior executive vice president and general counsel of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). Deborah provides insight and analysis regarding the retail industry’s varied and innovative response to the pandemic, including how large retailers deal with the patchwork of evolving state and local regulations and how they are innovating at breakneck speed to meet consumer demand while maintaining safety for employees, suppliers, and customers. Not surprisingly, we also talk about masks, how we all got our start in retail, and a little … insurance.

Podcast VI: Is My Company Going to Survive COVID-19? Perspectives from a Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer (plus insurance!)

On this episode, we are joined by Perkins Coie Partner David Neff, among the most experienced hotel bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in the country. We discuss the ways COVID-19 causes financial distress to businesses, the parties involved, and why it may take some time before companies become distressed. We also will address new rules that streamline the bankruptcy process for smaller businesses to help them survive, and insurance coverage issues arising in these distressed situations.

Podcast V: Does COVID-19 Cause Property Damage: Let’s talk to a Doc!

Jim Davis and Norton Cutler interview special guest doctor and professor, John Richard Corboy, M.D., who provides an overview of the scientific understanding of COVID-19, the ways it impacts human health, how it is transmitted, whether it causes property damage, if it is a microorganism, why we needed government orders to protect people and property, the long road of testing ahead, and, of course, insurance implications.

Podcast IV: Reopening During A Pandemic: Understanding COVID-19-Related Labor & Employment Challenges for Businesses and Potential Insurance

Perkins Coie’s Insurance Coverage attorneys interview special guest, Heather Sager, Perkins Coie labor partner, who is counseling companies operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include how businesses find out if they are allowed to re-open, what employers need to know about having employees return to work, the use of health screenings, privacy issues arising from new procedures, the implication for insurance, and a brief legislative update.

Podcast III: Who Are All These People Involved in My Claim? Thoughts From a Claim Preparer

Perkins Coie’s Insurance Coverage attorneys interview special guest Brad Murlick, managing director in BDO USA’s Forensic Insurance and Recovery practice, who is at the front lines of preparing COVID-19 business interruption insurance claims. Topics include what is happening on the ground, the use of the pollution exclusion to deny coverage for losses caused by COVID-19, real world claim preparation and management issues, and an update on pending legislation that may impact available insurance coverage.

Podcast II: What’s Happening With Business Interruption Claims?

On the second episode of our COVID-19 Insurance Podcast, Perkins Coie’s Insurance Coverage attorneys interview special guest Henry Daar, the executive vice president and practice leader for North American Property Claims at Willis Tower Watson. The speakers discuss Business Interruption and Civil Authority Claims for COVID-19 and specifically address tips for providing notice, the number and types of claims policyholders are filing, initial reactions and requests for information from the insurance industry, similar historical events, and the barrage of expected insurance litigation coming our way.

Podcast I: Making Claims and Renewing Policies from Home?!

Perkins Coie Insurance Coverage attorneys, along with special guest expert Ruth Kochenderfer of Marsh USA, talk about the COVID-19 crisis, staying at home, the types of insurance impacted by the crisis, early lawsuits, tips for policyholders to preserve claims, the current trends in the insurance marketplace including renewals that just happened, and legislation in the works that might force insurers to provide business interruption coverage.