Drew Eckl Farnham
COVID-19 Legal Updates

Partner Jeff Ward quoted in 'Uncharted Territory: Georgia Trial Lawyers Prepare to Resume Jury Trials' by the Daily Report

November 02, 2020 BY Posted by: Administration | General Firm

In 'Uncharted Territory': Georgia Trial Lawyers Prepare to Resume Jury Trials, the Daily Report gains insight from various trial lawyers on their thoughts on resuming in-person jury trials and what protective measures they believe are necessary to do so. DEF Partner and Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA) President, Jeff Ward expresses the significance of having a live jury, however questions the precise approach to resuming jury trials. With no end in sight with COVID-19, trial lawyers are left attempting to calculate the best and safest method for jury trials to recommence. ... Continue Reading

Partner Melody Kiella will be participating in "Navigating Uncertainty Together: Practical Strategies for Cultivating Resilience in 2020 & Beyond"

October 20, 2020 BY Posted by: Administration | General Firm

Partner Melody Kiella will be participating in "Navigating Uncertainty Together: Practical Strategies for Cultivating Resilience in 2020 & Beyond" with Stacey Dougan. ... Continue Reading

NEW COVID-19 RULING: FIRST GEORGIA RULING ON BUSINESS INCOME LOSS RELATED TO COVID-19

October 07, 2020 BY Karen Karabinos | General Firm

On October 6, 2020, a Georgia Federal Court issued the state's first ruling addressing insureds' business interruption claims related to COVID-19. Judge Thomas W. Thrash with the Northern District granted Allied Insurance Company's motion to dismiss and denied plaintiffs' motion to certify questions of law to the Georgia Supreme Court. The case is Henry's Louisiana Grill, Inc. v. Allied Insurance Company of America, 1:20-cv-02939 (N.D. Ga. 10/6/20). ... Continue Reading

Jeff Ward Quoted in Plaintiffs and Defense Bars Unite for Courthouse Mask Fundraiser by the Daily Report

October 01, 2020 BY Anonymous | General Firm

Plaintiffs and Defense Bars Unite for Courthouse Mask Fundraiser discusses how Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association have partnered together for a fundraiser to ease the process of reopening the courts. President of GDLA, Jeff Ward explained that Funds raised through Mask Up for Justice! will be allocated towards providing masks and other PPE of those who will be using the courthouse, including jurors, courthouse employees and lawyers. ... Continue Reading

NEW COVID-19 RULING: TWO ADDITIONAL COURTS DENY INSURERS' MOTIONS TO DISMISS

September 28, 2020 BY Anonymous | First Party Insurance Matters

In the last week, two federal district courts have denied insurers' motion to dismiss COVID-19 related lawsuits filed by insureds. The first court applied its previous definition of what constitutes a "physical loss" to hold the insureds stated a claim for relief while the other court found there was no binding state law case interpreting the policy's Virus Exclusion allowing it to make a coverage decision on a motion to dismiss. ... Continue Reading

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