Case applications referring to COVID-19 keywords increased in March and April, leveled in May and flat in June, according to a report by a legal analysis firm.
A total of 1,137 cases directly resulting from the pandemic were filed between March 1 and July 4, according to the report by Menlo Park, California-based Lex Machina.
New cases of complaints referring to COVID-19 increased week-on-week from three in early March to 138 in the last week of April, according to the report.
New case applications peaked in May, 126-140 per week, and peaked in June at 102-115 per week, according to the report. The median cases per week from 3 May to 4 July were 115.
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Insurance, contract and employment were also the three areas of practice with the largest number of cases, of 424, 397 and 102 respectively, which either would not have been filed if not for the pandemic and / or had allegations "significantly aggravated" by the virus , said the report.
The report said additional practice areas with an accumulated volume of confirmed new case applications directly from COVID-19 are tort, consumer protection and trademark.
Lex Machine said it covers most cases filed in federal court.
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