COVID-19; Fitness, Health, Social Club Closure Litigation


As businesses around the country slowly start to reopen after COVID-19 closures caused by state and local government-mandated operation restrictions, plaintiffs have flocked to the courts filing class actions against membership clubs that did not fully refund fees charged while access to facilities and amenities were limited or unavailable.  The most frequent targets of these suits are fitness, health, and social clubs who face consumer class claims for breach of contract, business torts and violations of state consumer protection laws.

Three such recently filed cases are Labib v. 24 Hour Fitness USA Inc., Civ. No. 3:20-cv-02134-JD (N.D. Cal. Mar.

As some Americans avoid travel, others visit COVID-19 hot spots anyway


Jacqui Slay, a 38-year-old stay-at-home mom of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, planned her family trip to Disney World in Florida a year ago. One month away from her scheduled tour in early September, she said she wasn’t sure if she would go, citing recent record-high COVID-19 cases in Florida.

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“We’re kind of up in the air about it,” she said. 

Slay is one of many Americans who faces a travel dilemma during the COVID-19 pandemic: Is it worth the

Amid COVID-19, she reinvented her boutique as a houseplants shop. Business is booming


Pico Boulevard has been quieter than usual since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, but Amorette Brooms’ Queen Boutique, a tiny storefront west of La Brea Avenue, has been busy.

a room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a plant: When Los Angeles reopened following stay-at-home orders, Amorette Brooms pivoted to houseplants. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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When Los Angeles reopened following stay-at-home orders, Amorette Brooms pivoted to houseplants. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The self-proclaimed “Mid-Wilshire girl” grew up in the neighborhood and has sold fashion accessories at her boutique for more than a decade.

But when the safer-at-home order was issued in March, Brooms was forced to pack up her accessories, close her store and try to

The COVID-19 Risks You May Take, And Create, While Traveling


Travel is a growing challenge in efforts to contain the coronavirus. Take the case of a man with COVID-19 symptoms who boards a flight to Massachusetts after a work trip to North Carolina. He doesn’t want to ride out a serious illness in a hotel room. A woman from the Boston area develops a sore throat, her first sign of COVID-19, as she and five companions drive north from Florida, dropping off three passengers in New Jersey.

And then there’s the family of four who lands at Logan Airport after visiting relatives in Texas. They’ve taken three flights and stayed