Class Action Trends Report (Jackson Lewis)
As we settle into the second half of the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is reason for optimism. But, unfortunately, the outbreak of COVID-19- related litigation is still in its infancy.
COVID-19-related class action filings persist, largely in the form of wage and hour claims. Pandemic-induced layoffs have prompted lawsuits under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Negligence lawsuits have been filed by employees alleging to have contracted COVID-19 at the workplace or contending a family member fell ill because the employee brought the virus home from work.
Class Action Trends Report: Traversing the Arbitration Terrain (United States)
On March 3, 2022, President Joe Biden signed legislation that makes predispute arbitration agreements and class action waivers invalid and unenforceable to sexual assault and sexual harassment claims. On its face, the law is limited to those specific types of claims. However, legislative attempts to restrict arbitration rights persist at the federal, state, and local levels.