May 14, 2020
Gibson Dunn’s lawyers regularly counsel clients on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are working with many of our clients on their response to COVID-19. The following is a round-up of today’s client alerts on this topic prepared by the Gibson Dunn team. Our lawyers are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding developments related to the outbreak. As always, for additional information, please feel free to contact the Gibson Dunn lawyer with whom you usually work, or any member of the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team.
As businesses of all kinds have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, many that have canceled events or suspended services have been forced to make difficult decisions relating to refunds or other remedies for clients and customers. The decisions made by businesses today could have lasting significance in class action litigation, particularly as they relate to potential mitigation of damages.
However, the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented, and many mitigation measures, such as offering online services, would not have been possible even 15 years ago. As a result, history cannot provide clear guidance about how companies can prevent or lessen liability given the unique challenges of the pandemic and the revolutionary technology that has become a part of our daily lives. Nevertheless, prior cases do provide important insights into considerations companies should weigh as they navigate novel issues relating to liability and damages stemming from canceled events or suspended services as a result of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly the biggest public health crisis of our times. Like many other countries, the UK Government has exercised broad powers and passed new laws that impact how we do business and interact as a society. To address the pandemic, the Government announced several sweeping regulations and ushered through the Coronavirus Act 2020. These actions have a broad impact on law, public policy and daily life, impacting areas including health, social welfare, commerce, trade, competition, employment and the free movement of people.
Join our team of Gibson Dunn London lawyers, led by partner and former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer QC, for a discussion of these changes and to answer your questions on how they will affect British businesses and community, including the impact on new and ongoing business relationships. In this webinar we will cover: Legal considerations of the UK Government’s roadmap for easing lockdown measures; Return to work? A discussion of some of the issues employers will have to navigate; and The impact of COVID-19 on warranty and indemnity insurance policy terms and process.