In light of the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have postponed the effective date of their previously announced merger until July 1, 2020. The new firm – Troutman Pepper – will feature 1,100+ attorneys across 23 U.S. offices. Read more.
William M. Taylor, a partner in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, was quoted in the May 4, 2020 Forbes article, "Can You Sue If You Get COVID-19 at Work? Businesses Want to Make Sure They’re Not on the Hook."
Will Taylor, a partner in Pepper Hamilton's Trial and Dispute Resolution group, says he expects employees will find it difficult to prove that their employer’s safety practices, or lack thereof, were the reason they contracted the virus, though he notes that this doesn't mean that employees don't have a viable legal path at all. "It's a challenging thing," he says. Taylor says even full compliance with state and local orders won't fully shield a company from risk. "Following those orders is not necessarily, say, a prophylactic against any future litigation," he says.