Course Description

This course offers a detailed look at the challenges around business interruption insurance claims due to COVID-19.

Topics include:

  • Exclusions that may impact claims
  • Applicability of virus exclusions
  • Language of PA stay-at-home orders
  • Pre-COVID case law
  • Current COVID related litigation
  • Proposed legislation


This course includes video recorded from a Zoom-based CLE presentation for the Washington County Bar Association in May of 2020.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.


CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenters

  • Douglas R. Nolin, Esq. and  Janine E. Smith, Esq.

    Douglas R. Nolin, Esq. and Janine E. Smith, Esq.

    Douglas R. Nolin, Esq., is a Partner with Peacock Keller. He joined the Firm in 1986, following completion of a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Thomas J. Terputac, Court of Common Pleas, Washington County. A graduate of Waynesburg College, where he was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon, Doug graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1984, where he distinguished himself by earning membership in the Order of the Barrister, on the Appellate Moot Court Board, and the Law Review. Involved in trial moot court interstate competitive events, Mr. Nolin's practice has continued to center on litigation, medical malpractice defense, construction claims, and mediation.

    Doug is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Washington County Bar Associations and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. He has tried cases in several counties in Western Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and he has argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He is certified as a mediator by the Pittsburgh Mediation Center, and provides mediation services to the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.

    A long-time resident of Washington County, Doug is active in his community of Claysville. He is a member and past President of the Claysville Business Association. He is an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Claysville, serving on its Session and teaching Sunday school.

    Janine E. Smith, Esq., is an Associate with Peacock Keller. She graduated, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Political Science.

    After receiving her undergraduate degree, Janine continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, earning her Juris Doctor in 2007. During law school, Janine interned with the City of Pittsburgh Law Department. She was also employed as a law clerk for a small legal practice.

    After law school, Janine was employed as an Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney, where she handled the prosecution of hundreds of matters, including jury and non-jury trials and appellate matters. Janine then worked as an Associate attorney for a Pittsburgh law firm, where her practice focused on civil litigation and the representation of indigent criminal defendants. As a member of Peacock Keller’s Litigation Department, Janine will continue to focus her practice on civil litigation.

    She is admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District Court of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Allegheny and Washington County Bar Associations.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Course Materials/Presenter's Powerpoint (Printing Optional)
    • Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19 Part One
    • Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19 Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)