Appeals court reverses part of judgment in dispute between Cleveland Botanical Garden, Jeptha Wade’s descendants

An appeals court on Thursday reversed part of a judgment in favor of the Cleveland Botanical Garden in a years-long legal dispute over the deed that gave Wade Park to the city of Cleveland. The Wade descendants are pleased with the appeals court’s ruling and plan to keep pursuing the matter in court, said Matthew …Read More

COVID-19 and Business Interruption Coverage: Pending Legislation

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On March 23, we wrote about potential insurance claims arising from COVID-19 shutdowns and disruptions that businesses could assert under the business interruption coverage in their property damage insurance. Since then, bills have been filed in several state legislatures – including Ohio – that seek to ensure that this coverage exists.

Frustration of Purpose And Excused Contractual Performance After A Government Shut Down

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By: William K. Flynn State and local governments are taking aggressive actions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including official and unofficial quarantines, “social distancing,” stay at home requirements, and cancellation of public events. I wrote the other day addressing the potential implications of a pandemic relative to negotiated force majeure provisions commonly …Read More

A Message from Marshall K. Dosker, President, Strauss Troy

To all clients and friends of Strauss Troy:

We hope that you remain well during these challenging times. Like you, we at Strauss Troy have been busy preparing and planning for all aspects of this unprecedented event.

Business Interruption Insurance Claims Arising from COVID-19

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Most businesses have business interruption insurance that is one of the coverages provided in property damage policies. Business interruption coverage may or may not provide reimbursement for some of the losses sustained by businesses as a result of the coronavirus shutdown. This will depend on the exact language of the policy and the exact circumstances causing the business interruption.

Force Majeure: Will COVID-19 excuse performance of your contract?

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Added to to stressors faced by business owners or operators during this pandemic is whether they will be able to meet contractual commitments or expect return performance by counter parties.  Looking past the current disruption in every corner of the economy, businesses are going to increasingly confront questions about force majeure and related contract concepts of impracticability of performance or frustration of purpose.

Strauss Troy names Amy L. Hunt as Shareholder

Strauss Troy Attorney Amy Hunt

Strauss Troy congratulates attorney Amy L. Hunt, who was recently named Shareholder of the firm. Amy concentrates her practice in complex civil litigation, including shareholder derivative actions and consumer class actions, asserting unfair business practices, false and deceptive advertising, and improper sales and claims handling practices by large life and property & casualty insurance carriers.

How to Work With a Lawyer: A User’s Manual

You may have noticed that, unlike major appliances, lawyers don’t come with warnings or instructions. Whether you need a lawyer regularly for your business or only for specific tasks, the principles of this article should be helpful to you.