On January 12th, 2021, the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court ruling against Liberty Insurance Corporation, finding it liable for the $7.5 million remaining balance of a wrongful death judgment. The case provides important lessons for insurers on how to avoid being bound to substantial judgments against their insureds, even where viable policy exclusions exist.
On November 3rd, 2020, the Missouri Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Johnson & Johnson, letting stand a decision which affirmed a $2.2 billion jury verdict against the consumer giant.
A new trend relating to COVID-19 lawsuits is emerging. Employers are now facing lawsuits for “Take Home” infections.