Tom Baker on Covid-19 and Insurance Claims
Tom Baker of University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter for an article discussing Covid-19 insurance claims and the ongoing legal battles surrounding paying out these claims. Baker is the creator of the Covid Coverage Litigation Tracker at Penn Law, which conducts empirical research on insurance disputes and resolutions during the pandemic.
According to the COVID-19 insurance litigation tracker, 85 percent of cases considered for dismissal in federal court get tossed, compared with 66 percent in state court. “The federal courts have largely gone for the insurance industry,” Baker says. “In state court, it’s been much more variable. That’s where the action is, because at the end of the day, these are state law questions.”
Baker is a leading scholar of insurance law and policy. He served as Reporter for Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance, published in 2019.