Speaking Engagement

COVID-19 Business Interruption Litigation Outcomes

PLI Property and Casualty Insurance Law 2022

PLI New York
1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

Blank Rome partner Linda Kornfeld will serve as a panelist for the Practising Law Institute (“PLI”) Property and Casualty Insurance Law 2022 conference, being held in New York, New York, on Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a complimentary Autumn in the City happy hour for follow. (Virtual options are also available.)

Linda’s session, “COVID-19 Business Interruption Litigation Outcomes,” will take place from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. and will provide instruction on litigating diversity jurisdiction questions of law in connection with COVID-19-related business interruption litigation. Topics include:

  • Federal and state COVID-19 business interruption cases
  • Conflicts in application of state insurance law by federal vs. state courts, including policyholder arguments under the Erie doctrine
  • The impact of COVID-19 decisions on other types of property insurance cases in the future
  • The COVID-19 Coverage Litigation Tracker Database and trends in courts’ disposition of COVID-19 cases


The Property & Casualty Insurance (“P&C”) market has expanded exponentially over the past 15 years with no sign of slowing down. From catastrophic hurricanes, severe California wildfires, and climate change, to the global pandemic and nationwide opioid epidemic, the risks posed to insurers, and corporations’ demand for property and casualty insurance coverages, are set to outpace other large markets by historic margins. Then, despite the legal industry’s preparation for the inevitable disputes on P&C coverage issues, practitioners are navigating their clients through new territory as courts and regulators address policy provisions. Further, both insurers and insured are exploring how and to what extent insurance products can address emerging risks, including fighting out battles in court.

This new program on Property & Casualty Insurance will provide invaluable perspectives and skills-based instruction for those representing both policyholders and insurers, as well as other stakeholders. The faculty will draw upon their extensive experience advising clients on trends in insurance law and emerging risks. Attendees will hear first-hand perspectives on how and to what extent insurance products respond to risk and on interpreting key policy provisions, including term definitions, deductible requirements, and applicable scopes of coverage. >>Read more

CLE credit may be available.

For more information, please visit the program webpage.

Read a recap of the Conference in Law360 Insurance Authority at Law Panels Paint Picture Of Changing Insurance Landscape (October 27, 2022).