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AIRROC WFH Webinars: Social Unrest Claims and the Impact of the Pandemic on Court Proceedings, Insurance Claims, and Juror Attitudes
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
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AIRROC WFH (Working From Home) Webinars

AIRROC Adapts to Serve the Legacy Insurance Sector

As part of our pledge to pivot and make sure that we can still bring relevant educational content to our members and the entire legacy sector, AIRROC is offering a series of webinars from our Corporate Partners on current and emerging issues. 

Social Unrest Claims and the Impact of the Pandemic on Court Proceedings, Insurance Claims, and Juror Attitudes

The events of 2020 have had a transformative effect upon the way we all live and work. Remote working has become the new norm and legal proceedings have gone online, with jury trials indefinitely postponed. For the insurance industry, the pandemic has given rise to a multitude of claims for business interruption cover and hundreds of related lawsuits. Meanwhile, new claims for property damage and business interruption have arisen as a result of protests and riots that have spread throughout the nation since the death of George Floyd.

This presentation will gather panelists from Dentons US, PWC and DecisionQuest to discuss three issues arising from the pandemic. First, the panel will discuss insurance coverage considerations expected to arise in connection with social unrest claims under named peril and all-risk commercial property insurance policies. The panel will review expected arguments by policyholders in favor of coverage as well as potential responses by insurers when presented with claims for property damage and/or loss of business income.

Second, the panel will more broadly consider the impact that the pandemic has had on court proceedings in the US. As part of this discussion, the Panel will discuss measures that leading courts have taken to function in a remote environment and to revive jury trials. The Panel will also consider how the suspension of jury trials and move to remote working has impacted upon the adjustment of claims by insurers.

Third, since jury trials will return in some form in the future, the panel will broadly review how the pandemic has impacted juror attitudes. Will industries that have provided vital services throughout the pandemic find more sympathetic jurors in the future? Should we expect a continuation of the pre-pandemic trend of increasing damages verdicts and heightened juror susceptibility to reptile theory arguments?


Susan Fillichio, Trial Consultant, Decision Quest, Inc.
Shawn Kelly, Partner, Dentons
Barbara Murray, Director, PwC
Jack Vales, Partner, Dentons
Rick Norris, Partner, Dentons

There is no charge for AIRROC Members and AIRROC Corporate Partners to attend.  As a member or corporate partner, you must be listed as such in the AIRROC database to register. Others pay only $70 to join. REGISTER

Continuing Legal Education:
AIRROC will attempt to secure CLE credits in states requested by attorney attendees. When registering, please specify the state(s), which you would like to receive CLE credit. This program should be worth approximately 1.0 hour of CLE credit for a live webinar if approved. Credits in other states may be applied for retroactively by AIRROC within 30 days after the webinar.  It may also be necessary for individual attorneys to apply or self-report. If you have questions please contact AIRROC staff member, Cyndy Noonan, via email at [email protected]
Please note: To obtain CLE credit you must log in to the webinar platform on the computer, submit your login details, and remain engaged for the full event including the Question and Answer section. 
This course is approved for 1.25 Illinois MCLE general credit hours. 

CLP Designation:
AIRROC Webinars satisfy the event attendance requirement of AIRROC's Certified Legacy  Professional (CLP) designation.  Want to be a "CLP?  Learn how and apply to get started today!   CLP Designation Information