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Webinar: Insurance and Covid19: An Update for Franchisees, Franchisors and Other Businesses

June 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Hour MCLE. You must register in advance to participate.

Franchisors and franchisees are confronting a wide range of financial losses and legal claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic itself, and orders issued by state and local governments, are causing financial losses that businesses nationwide are seeking to recover under any available insurance policy. Franchisees, like other businesses, face potential liability claims related to the pandemic from employees, customers, regulators and others that for which they may seek coverage under policies providing liability protection.

Moderator: Brian Cole
Speakers: Beverly A. Brand and Don A. Lesser

In this context, franchisors, franchisees, and their attorneys are asking a number of questions about the insurance coverage their policies provide, what the claim process involves.  This one-hour webinar seeks to answer some of those questions by addressing issues such as the current scope of property coverages in California including business interruption and the potential application of standard exclusions such as the virus or bacteria exclusion (as well as the interplay of business interruption policies and royalty obligations); the potential application of liability coverage to lawsuits under general liability, workers’ compensation, employment practices and directors’ & officers’ policies; the current status of litigation and regulatory action; and the steps businesses should  take to protect their rights under their insurance policies.


Moderator: Brian Cole

Beverly A. Brand has over 25 years of experience in insurance law, both as outside and in-house counsel, and has been practicing with The Lesser Law Group for nearly 10 years.Beverly represents policyholders and insurance companies in coverage, bad faith and regulatory matters with extensive experience in all property and casualty lines as well as life and disability insurance. Beverly is a member of CLA’s Insurance Law Committee, currently serving as its Secretary, and a Board Member of the Queen’s Bench Bar Association.

Don A. Lesser is the founder and managing attorney of The Lesser Law Group. For over 20 years, one of his primary practice areas has been insurance claims, coverage and bad faith litigation. Don has obtained over $50 million in coverage for policyholder clients. A former partner at Long & Levit LLP, where he represented insurance carriers, Don has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance arena that has included drafting policies, training claims and underwriting personnel, and representing carriers and brokers/agents in regulatory matters.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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