Commercial general liability

Reopened Businesses Contend with Mask Mandates, Liability Waivers and New Risks

On June 20 an Orange County, Florida Walmart employee was assaulted by a customer who refused to wear a mask despite a county-wide executive order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It is one of many disputes that have erupted in recent weeks over mask mandates from various state and local governments as well…

Vandalism, Storms, and Lawsuits Plague Beleaguered Businesses

Businesses around the world are experiencing the effects of the largest economic downturn since the 1940s. Some economists show the U.S. as having exited or nearly recovered from the recession that began in February, and Canada is showing signs of recovering from its deepest recession on record. Nevertheless, businesses continue to face numerous risks while…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Cannabis Industry’s Growth Shapes Risk Considerations

The cannabis industry continues to experience growth in the U.S. and Canada. Medical and recreational marijuana sales are expected to reach nearly $30 billion in the U.S. by 2023, and sales have surged even during the COVID-19 crisis. The market’s rapidly changing landscape presents unique risk management considerations for those involved in the cultivation, production,…

Taking on New Risks: Businesses Evolve to Face Challenges Posed By COVID-19

Businesses in the United States and Canada have had to adapt to an unprecedented set of uncertain and rapidly evolving circumstances in recent weeks. According to a recent Goldman Sachs survey of U.S. small business owners, 96 percent say that they have already been impacted by coronavirus, or COVID-19. “Many companies are experiencing changes in…

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Last month, KDA Architecture agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Yakima School District in Washington over water and mold damage. The alleged design flaws were related to a nearly 750-foot blue wall, constructed of stainless-steel shingles and porcelain tiles that cut through the center of the high school campus….

Property Owner Sued Over Fatal Shooting at Apartment Complex

Earlier this month, the parents of Jonathan Swierski, a 20-year-old man fatally shot last July in the parking lot of his apartment complex in Matthews, North Carolina, filed a lawsuit against the complex’s property management company, Highmark Residential LLC, citing “negligent security” as a factor in their son’s tragic death. The altercation that led to…

97,000-Plus Gallons of Wine Spill in California, Toxic Chemicals Ooze onto Michigan Highway

More than 97,000 gallons of cabernet sauvignon were spilled on January 22, when a door malfunctioned on a blending tank at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. The winery estimated roughly half the wine spilled was captured, recovered or contained within the winery; the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services estimated roughly 20 percent of…

Stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab Sued by Owners of $1.36 Million Renovated Home

The stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab are being sued by the buyers of a luxury home they renovated. The homeowners said their $1.36 million dream house became a nightmare, alleging the contractors are responsible for water leaking into the kitchen from an upstairs bathroom, a roof that was never replaced as promised, crumbling mortar…

Unlicensed Greenhouses and Mold Prompt Extensive Recalls and Returns, Showing Cannabis Industry Risk

On August 19, CannTrust Holdings Inc. announced that the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) was returning its entire $2.2 million inventory of CannTrust products. The return is in response to the suspension of CannTrust’s sales and shipments last month, after a Health Canada inspection revealed the company had grown plants in several unlicensed greenhouses. Prior to…

Construction Accidents in Dallas and Boston Show Complex Project Exposures

July 25 proved to be a harrowing day for pedestrians in Boston, Massachusetts. That morning a metal railing fell from the roof of a building in Boston’s North End, striking and seriously injuring a woman walking nearby. Hours later, a crane on a construction site at the TD Garden arena dropped several steel beams weighing…