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    The safety and well-being of our clients, personnel and families are paramount, and we continue to monitor the overall impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak closely. Our preparedness plans have been evaluated and activated to ensure we continue serving our clients with little to no disruption during these unprecedented times. 

    We’ve also mobilized across disciplines to create a COVID-19 Task Force that provides a coordinated response to our clients’ range of needs. This includes an FAQ section covering a host of issues, as well as links to recent QuickStudies.

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    Read our list of Q&As

    Publications


    AntitrustBankruptcy | Business Operations | Cannabis | Contracts | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Energy | Environmental | FDA | Financial Services | Governmental Investigations | Health CareInformation for Insurers | Intellectual PropertyInternational ArbitrationInvestment Adviser & Fund Management | Labor & Employment | Litigation | Mergers & Acquisitions | Nonprofits | Pharmaceuticals | Privacy & Cybersecurity | Public Finance | Public Law & Policy | Real Estate | Regulatory | SEC & Public Company Guidance | Small Business | Tax


    Antitrust

    DOJ and FTC Provide Guidance on Expedited COVID-19 Impacted Business Collaboration Review

    DOJ and FTC Set Sights on Labor Market Collusion: COVID-19 Pandemic Leads to Increased Scrutiny of No-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements

    Merchants Beware: Price Increases Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic May Trigger Aggressive Enforcement of State Price-Gouging Laws

    Demand for Health and Cleaning Products in the Wake of COVID-19 Amplifies Scrutiny of Antitrust Concerns

     

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    Bankruptcy

    Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill Published

    Locke Lord's High Noon Knowledge Series - Distressed Energy Assets: Market Update and Key Considerations for Acquirers

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Key Reorganization Provisions and Bankruptcy Code Amendments

    Rhode Island Implements Non-Liquidating Receivership Program to Assist Businesses ‎Impacted by COVID-19

    UK Government Announcement Regarding Changes to the UK’s Insolvency Regime ‎Prompted by COVID-19

    The Use of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to Address Business Disruption Resulting From COVID-19

     

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    Business Operations

    State Restrictions on Non-Essential Business Operations During the COVID-19 Crisis

    COVID-19 – Stay Home, Work Safe and Other Emergency Orders

    “Essential Business” Under Harris County Stay Home - Work Safe Order

    Massachusetts’ March 23 Directive Re: Restrictions and Essential Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

    State Restrictions on Employee Travel During the COVID-19 Crisis

    New York Mayor de Blasio Issues Emergency Executive Order 100 Imposing Restrictions on Gatherings and Businesses

     

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    Cannabis

    Proposed House Bill Would Legalize CBD in Dietary Supplements and Reduce Uncertainty Surrounding CBD

    Latest Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill Omits Cannabis Banking Protection

    Arizona Group Files 420,000 Signatures Supporting Recreational Marijuana on November Ballot

    Will We See a Record Number of States Legalize Marijuana in 2021? One Expert Thinks So

    Where's the Money At? Industry Cash Crunch Exacerbated by the Pandemic

    Early May Sales Figures Show Promise, Including New Record Highs in Illinois, Oregon, and Oklahoma

    Not So Blind Item – The IDFPR is in a Pickle Over Its Tiebreaker Rule

    You Won an Illinois Dispensary License, Now What?

    The Joint Status Report, A Cannabis Industry Podcast Presented by Locke Lord - Season 3, Episode 1

    Could Cannabis Legalization Pull the United States Out of the Coronavirus-Related Rescission?

    SAFE Banking Act Included In Latest COVID-19 Relief Bill

    Cannabis Industry Keeps Hiring Amid COVID-19

    Coronavirus Fallout: April Recreational Sales Rise in Some States, Decline in Others

    Bill Introduced to Allow State-Legal Marijuana Businesses Access to Federal COVID-19 Relief

    Essential or Not, Cannabis Sales Start to Slide During Shutdown. Can They Recover?

    Show Me The Signatures: Missouri Recreational Legalization Efforts Fail Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    No Aid to the Cannabis Industry in Federal Coronavirus Legislation

     

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    Contracts

    TriBar Opinion Committee Comment Concerning Use of Electronic Signatures and Third-Party Opinion

    The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Contractual Obligations

    As Companies Seek Alternative Ways to Sign Contracts and Other Records During COVID-19 Pandemic, E-Processes Take Center Stage

    Discharge of Contractual Obligations by Prospective Frustration: When is a Frustrating Event Triggered by COVID-19?

     

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    Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

    Initial Thoughts Regarding the IRS’ Employee Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance in IRS Notice 2020-65

    IRS Issues COVID-19 Relief on Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor 401(K) Plans

    Helpful FAQ Guidance Issued to Assist Group Health Plans With Implementing COVID-19 Coverage Requirements of the FFCRA and CARES Act

    IRS Issues Guidance on Waiver of 2020 Required Minimum Distribution

    IRS Issues Helpful Guidance for Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans from Retirement Plans Under The Cares Act

    New ERISA Safe Harbor Expands Opportunities for Electronic Disclosure of Retirement Plan Information

    New Cafeteria Plan and Flexible Spending Account Guidance Allows Employers to ‎Accommodate Employees’ Unanticipated Needs Due to COVID-19

    Retirement Plan Loans and COVID-19: U.S. Department of Labor Fiduciary Relief and IRS Notice Allowing Short-Term Delay of Plan Loan Payments

    IRS Releases New FAQ Guidance on Coronavirus-Related Distributions from Eligible Retirement Plans

    New U.S. Department of Labor Guidance Provides COVID-19 Relief from ERISA Contribution Timing Rule and an Opportunity to Bolster Future Compliance

    ERISA COVID-19 Disaster Relief Includes Fiduciary Relief for Notices to Plan Participants and Beneficiaries

    Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Form 5500 Filing Relief for Certain Employee Benefit Plans

    FAQs Provide Guidance on COVID-19 Testing and Diagnosis Requirements Affecting Employer Health Plans

    ISS and Glass Lewis Present Guidance for Corporate Governance During COVID-19

    The CARES Act Allows High-Deductible Health Plans to Temporarily Provide No-Cost Telehealth Services

    Hang on to Those Pharmacy Receipts: The CARES Act Changes OTC Rules for FSAs, HSAs, and HRAs

    Governance Issues for Retirement Plan Sponsors Due to "Opt-Out" Amendments

    Addressing Impacts on Group Health Plan Coverage Caused by COVID-19 Employment Changes

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Executive Compensation Limits

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Key Employee Benefits Provisions

    COVID-19 and Your Benefit Plans: What You Need to Know Now

    High-Deductible Health Plans May Cover COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Costs

     

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    Energy

    Locke Lord's High Noon Knowledge Series - Distressed Energy Assets: Market Update and Key Considerations for Acquirers

    Pulling the Trigger on Force Majeure: An Update from the Midstream Energy Perspective

    FERC Issues Guidance to Regulated Entities Regarding COVID-19 Impacts

    Pulling the Trigger on Force Majeure: A Texan Perspective on COVID-19 and an Oil Price War

     

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    Environmental

    Will COVID-19 Cause Future FIFRA Headaches for Disinfectant Product Producers and Retailers?

    Federal and State Environmental Authorities Respond to COVID-19

     

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    FDA

    We are assisting clients in securing approval for COVID19 test kits as well as masks and other items. If any of our clients are interested in repurposing their operations for producing COVID 19 products, we have excellent contacts at the FDA and are in a position to help them with approvals through the Emergency Use Authorization program.

    FDA Issues Guidance Detailing Current Policies on Facility Inspections and Product Approvals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 Testing and Informed Consent

    Major Amendment to the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act

     

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    Financial Services

    Help for Main Street: Federal Reserve Announces Expansion of Main Street Lending Program to Provide Greater Access to Credit for Nonprofits through Two New Credit Facilities

    OCC Issues Bulletin Regarding Interplay between Preemption and State and Local COVID-19-Relief Measures

    Main Street Lending Program – Federal Reserve Announces Expanded Access for Some Businesses While Affiliation Rules Restrict Access for Others

    Help for Main Street: Lender Certifications and Covenants for the Main Street Lending Program

    Help for Main Street: Borrower Certifications and Covenants for the Main Street Lending Program

    Help for Main Street: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Provides Updated Information on Main Street Lending Program

    Main Street Lending Program Updates Respond to Market Input but Leave Unsolved Problems

    Help for Main Street: Federal Reserve Provides Additional Guidance on Main Street Lending Program

    Expansive New Massachusetts Law Upends Process for Residential Evictions and Foreclosures in Wake of COVID-19, Effectively Alters Terms of Mortgages

    Help for Main Street: Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Announce Main Street ‎Lending Facilities for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (including Nonprofits)

    Remember to Make Your Disclosures. The Cross-Border Payments Regulations

    Update - UK Government Announces Further Support for Business Affected by COVID-19 

    Loan Forbearance: Preparing for Customer Relief Requests − April has Begun

    Help for Mid-Sized Businesses: Congress Provides for Implementation of New Direct Loan ‎Program to Eligible Mid-Size Borrowers in CARES Act

    Federal Reserve Will Become a Direct Lender to Corporations and an Investor in ‎Corporate Bond Markets

    Coronavirus and the Credit Markets: Borrower and Lender Concerns

    UK Government Announces Support for Business Affected by ‎COVID-19

    Loss-Mitigation Communications to Mortgage Borrowers During COVID-19 Pandemic

     

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    Governmental Investigations

    SBA Issues New Guidance Reducing Risk of Government Investigations for Paycheck Protection Program Borrowers

    Borrower Beware: Potential Pitfalls and Government Oversight of PPP Loan Certifications

    DOJ Brings First COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Fraud Case — Warns Public More to Come

     

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    Health Care

    Telemedicine: What Happens When the Emergency is Over?

    The Rapidly Evolving Telemedicine Regulatory Landscape in the Wake of COVID-19

    OIG Proposed Rule on Civil Money Penalties Summary

    CARES Act Surprise: Substance Use Treatment Confidentiality Law Revised

    CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Releases $30 Billion in Payments: What’s the Catch?

    CMS Creates Greater Flexibility for Arrangements Through Stark Law Waivers

    The Rapidly Evolving Telemedicine Regulatory Landscape in the Wake of COVID-19

    New CMS Waivers Intended to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Pandemic

    Healthcare Highlights in the Federal CARES Act

    Medicare Providers and Suppliers to Receive Emergency Funding Through Expanded CMS Accelerated and Advance Payment Program

    Texas Medical Board’s Response to COVID-19

     

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    Information for Insurers

    COVID-19 Weekly Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (October 19-23, 2020)

    COVID-19 Weekly Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (October 10-16, 2020)

    COVID-19 Weekly Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (October 1-9, 2020)

    COVID-19 Monthly Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (September 2020)

    UK High Court Rules on Business Interruption Insurance Test Case

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 31, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 28, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 27, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 26, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 25, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 24, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 21, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 20, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 19, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 18, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 17, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 14, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 13, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 12, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 11, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 10, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 7, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 6, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 5, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 4, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (August 3, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 31, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 30, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 29, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 28, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 27, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 24, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 23, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 22, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 21, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 20, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 17, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 16, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 15, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 14, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 13, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 10, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 9, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 8, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 7, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 6, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 2, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (July 1, 2020)

    Texas Department of Insurance Mulls COVID-19 Data Call for Auto Insurers

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 30, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 29, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 26, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 25, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 24, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 23, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 22, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 18, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 17, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 16, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 15, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 12, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 11, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 10, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 9, 2020)

    Illinois Adopts Substantial Workers' Compensation Reform to Address COVID-19

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 8, 2020)  

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 5, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 4, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 3, 2020)  

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 2, 2020)  

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (June 1, 2020)  

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 29, 2020)  

    Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) Introduced in Congress With Revisions From Initial Drafts; Business Continuity Protection Program Floated as Well

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 28, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 27, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 26, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 22, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 21, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 20, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 19, 2020)

    Sampling of COVID-19 State and NAIC Insurance Updates Applicable to the Surplus Lines Industry

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 18, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 15, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 14, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 13, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 12, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 11, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 8, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 7, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 6, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 5, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 4, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (May 1, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 30, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 29, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 28, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 27, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 24, 2020)

    How COVID-19 Impacts the Surplus Lines Insurance Industry

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 23, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 22, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 21, 2020)

    Pandemic Risk Insurance Act and the Future of Business Interruption Insurance

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 20, 2020)

    NY DFS Issues Guidance to Regulated Entities for Cybersecurity in the Remote Work Environment

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 17th, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 16th, 2020)

    TDI Encourages Midterm Commercial Policy Audits in Response to COVID-19

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 15th, 2020)

    California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Issues Notice Regarding Acceptance and Fair Investigation of All Business Interruption Insurance Claims Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 14th, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 13th, 2020)

    California Insurance Commissioner Lara Orders Insurance Companies to Refund Premiums to Policyholders Affected by COVID-19

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 10th, 2020)

    So Your Company Wants to Return Auto Premium Because of COVID-19? Better Check With Your States First

    New York Bill to Change Business Interruption Cover for COVID-19 Amended and Clarified

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 9th, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 8th, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 7th, 2020)

    Texas Department of Insurance Eliminates 2020 Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirement

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 6th, 2020)

    Reinsurance Coverage Issues for COVID-19 Claims

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 3rd, 2020)

    NAIC Releases COVID-19 Information Request Template

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 2nd, 2020)

    Texas Governor Adopts Executive Order Exempting Insurance Industry Business Travel from Quarantine Restrictions

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (March 31st, 2020)

    Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Litigation Arising from COVID-19

    Changes State Insurance Regulators Are Making For COVID-19

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (March 29th, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (March 28th, 2020)

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (March 27th, 2020)

    California Requests Insurance Data On Business Interruption Coverages

    Pandemic Risk Insurance Act – A TRIA-Inspired Model to Backstop the Business Interruption Insurance Market in the Wake of COVID-19

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (March 26th, 2020)

    Minnesota Governor Issues Stay At Home Executive Order

    Delaware Orders Insurers To Cease Cancellation Or Non-renewal Due To Nonpayment During Delaware State Of Emergency

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (March 25th, 2020)

    COVID-19 Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown

    Texas Suspends Certain Insurance Licensing Requirements to Address Coronavirus Outbreak

    Texas Department of Insurance Announces Extension of Claims Handling Deadlines Due to COVID-19

    Take Aways From The NAIC Special Session On COVID-19 (Public Portion)

    Oklahoma Issues Bulletin on Immediate Measures to be Taken by Property Casualty Carriers

    New York Department of Financial Services Issues Circular Letter No. 7 Urging Regulated Entities to do Their Part to Support Consumers, Including Actions to Avoid Cancellation or Non-Renewal of Policies

    West Virginia Commissioner Issues Executive Order and Bulletin ‎During COVID-19 Pandemic; Urging Insurers to Forbear from the Cancellation or Non-Renewal of Policies, and Allowing Temporary Licensing of Insurance Producers

    First Business Interruption Coverage Case Filed in Louisiana

    California Insurance Commissioner Requests All Insurance Companies Provide Their Insureds with at Least a 60-Day Grace Period to Pay Insurance Premiums

    Alaska Issues Two New Bulletins Related to COVID-19; Prohibiting Cancellation Due to Nonpayment of Premium, and Extension of Rate, Form, and Advertisement Filing

    Texas Department of Insurance Provides Evolving Industry Guidance in Response to Coronavirus

    Georgia Commissioner Issues Bulletin Expediting Review Process for Endorsement Forms Relating to Business Interruption Due to COVID-19

    Insurers and Reinsurers can Expect COVID-19 Claims as Varied as the Virus Vectors

    New York, Against COVID-19 Backdrop, Issues Circular Letter Expanding Ability for Insurers to Offer “Cancel for Any Reason” (CFAR) Products

    What Insurers Should Know: New York Department of Financial Services Issues Guidance and Call for Special Report Related to COVID-19

     

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    Intellectual Property

    Impact of COVID-19 on the UK judiciary, EUIPO and national Intellectual Property Offices

    Trademark, Patent & Copyright Implications of the CARES Act

     

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    International Arbitration

    How the AAA-ICDR® is Meeting the COVID-19 Challenge

    Conversion of Litigation to Arbitration: An Answer to Judicial Delay in the Time of COVID-19

    The FAA and the Bankruptcy Code: A Delicate Balance

     

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    Investment Adviser & Fund Management

    OCIE Releases Guidance on Broker-Dealer Regulation Best Interest Examinations

    FUNDamentals: Considerations for Your Fund During the COVID-19 Crisis

    SEC Provides Exemptive Relief to Investment Advisers and Investment Companies in Response to Coronavirus

     

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    Labor & Employment

    Key Questions for Employers Facing COVID-19 (FAQ)

    UPDATE On The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (H.R. 6201/H.R. 904) Paid and Unpaid Leave

    COVID-19 Liability Waivers and Releases for Independent Contractors

    Enforcing Non-Compete Agreements in a Pandemic

    Updates From the Agencies: COVID, COVID, COVID and Then Some

    Best Practices for Preventing and Responding to Flu/Coronavirus Outbreaks in the Workplace

    OSHA Ends COVID-19 Recordkeeping Reprieve

    An Employer's Guide To COVID-19 Emergency Planning

    Business Continuity and Emergency Planning

    Businesses Address New Unemployment Options for Independent Contractors

    Pandemic Flu/Influenza/Coronavirus (COVID-19): Key Employment Law Issues, Prevention, and Response

    Return to Work Considerations

    Protecting Trade Secrets While Employees Work From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Proactive Measures and Considerations for U.S. Companies

    California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Executive Order Requiring Supplemental Sick Leave Benefits for Food Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Considerations for Traveling Employees

    San Jose and San Francisco Pass COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Issues Emergency Order Mandating COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave and Suspending City Council Supplemental Sick Leave Ordinance

    Independent Contractors Filing Unemployment Claims as Employees Under the CARES Act

    Los Angeles City Council Passes COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

    New Jersey Employers and the Coronavirus: State Amends Its Sick Leave, Family Leave, and Temporary Disability Benefits Laws Due to COVID-19

    Independent Catering and Event Professionals Eligible for Unemployment Assistance Under Federal CARES Act Stimulus Bill

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Key Unemployment Provisions

    Independent Contractors Eligible for Unemployment Assistance Under Federal CARES Act Stimulus Bill

    Employers Confront Their Obligations as Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads

    UPDATE: Cal-WARN Act Obligations Amended Per Governor’s Executive Order

    New York Passes Law on Paid and Unpaid Sick Leave and Family and Disability Leave Due to COVID-19

    New Jersey Employers and COVID-19: State Continues to Take Action to Combat the Effects of Coronavirus

    COVID-19: What Should Employers Do About It?

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    Litigation

    The State of New York Courts During COVID-19, Continued ‎‎(June 2, 2020)‎

    Health Providers Fighting COVID-19 Should Beware Tort Risk

    The State of New York Courts During COVID-19, Continued (May 12, 2020)

    Can an Arbitrator Require Arbitration by Videoconference?

    The State of New York Courts During COVID-19, Continued

    The State of New York Courts During COVID-19

    Practical Considerations for Commercial Litigation during the COVID-19 Era

    Federal Appellate Courts’ COVID-19 Orders

    Location, Location in the Age of COVID-19: Where Can You Get Your Day in Court?

     

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Beyond MAE: COVID-19 Impacts on M&A

    INSIGHT: M&A Trends to Expect in the Wake of Covid-19

    Risks from Abroad: COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down CFIUS Review of Foreign Mergers and Acquisitions

      

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    Nonprofits

    CARES Act Guide – Overview of Key Provisions Providing Relief for Nonprofits

    Help for Mid-Sized Nonprofits: Congress Passes CARES Act Providing for Implementation of New Direct Loan Program to Eligible Mid-Size Businesses

    Saving our Arts Community: Congress Reaches Agreement on Emergency Aid for Arts Organizations

     

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    Pharmaceuticals

    Approving New Vaccines in the Time of COVID-19

     

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    Privacy & Cybersecurity

    Beyond Borders: COVID-19 Highlights the Potential Widespread Impact of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”)

    Malicious Cyber Actors Exploiting COVID-19, Common Attacks and Mitigation Strategies

    Home Sweet Workplace?

    Zoom Class Actions Highlight Calif. Privacy Law Issues

    Privacy and Cybersecurity Work from Home Considerations in the Context of Coronavirus

     

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    Public Finance

    In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the IRS Releases Temporary Guidance to State and Local Issuers of Tax-Exempt Bonds

    SEC Calls for COVID-19 Disclosure from Municipal Issuers

    Help for State and Local Governments: Federal Reserve Issues Additional Guidance on Municipal Liquidity Facility

    Help for State and Local Governments: New Municipal Liquidity Facility Established to Buy Short-Term Debt

    Revenue Anticipation Borrowings

     

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    Public Law & Policy

    87th Legislature Preparation Guide: Lobbying in Texas under the Cloud of COVID-19

     

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    Real Estate

    Centers for Disease Control Order: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

    Updated Restrictions on Florida Foreclosure Proceedings due to COVID-19 (September 1, 2020)

    Updated Restrictions on Florida Foreclosure Proceedings due to COVID-19 (July 1, 2020)

    Restrictions on Residential Foreclosure Activities and Court Proceedings Due to COVID-19

    Update - Suspension of Foreclosure and Eviction Activities in Florida Due to Covid-19

    COVID-19 Orders and Commercial Tenants’ Potential Arguments for Terminating Leases

    CARES Act Loans and SPE Borrowers

    Suspension of Foreclosure and Eviction Activity in Florida Due to Covid-19

    CARES Act: How Does It Affect Multifamily Owners and Borrowers?

    Eviction Moratoria during Coronavirus Pandemic

     

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    Regulatory

    Complying with Open Meeting Laws in ‎Massachusetts During COVID-19

    Governor Abbott Suspends Open Meetings Statutes to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

     

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    SEC & Public Company Guidance

    SEC Issues New COVID-19 Disclosure Guidance

    Buybacks: How Companies Can Benefit from Undervalued Stock

    NYSE Follows NASDAQ in Temporarily Exempting Some Private Offerings From Shareholder Approval

    Nasdaq Temporarily Permits Certain COVID-Related Private Offerings Without Shareholder Approval

    SEC Provides Temporary Relief to Permit Expedited Crowdfunding Offerings in a Time of COVID-19

    COVID-19 and Director Liability: Discharging Fiduciary Duties While Navigating the Financial Distress and Business Uncertainty Caused by the Pandemic

    NYSE Also Extends Relief From Price-Based Listing Requirements

    Nasdaq Extends Date for Compliance With Price-Related Listing Requirements

    ISS and Glass Lewis Announce Flexibility In Corporate Governance Policies During COVID-19 Crisis

    SEC Emphasizes Meaningful Disclosure Amid COVID-19 Uncertainties

    SEC Supplements Guidance for Conducting Shareholder Meetings

    NYSE Gives Temporary Relief to Listed Companies for Private Placements with Insiders

    SEC Issues Guidance on Deadline for Part III Information Omitted From Form 10-K

    Update: SEC Extends 45-Day Filing Relief Through July 1, 2020

    SEC Provides COVID-19 Disclosure Guidance

    SEC Coronavirus Guidance on Shareholder Annual Meeting Engagement

    Update: SEC Provides Conditional Deadline Extensions

     

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    Small Business

    Saving Our Small Businesses: Paycheck Protection Program Loans and Changes of Ownership

    Saving Our Small Businesses – Law Extends PPP Forgiveness Period and Loosens Other Restrictions

    Saving Our Small Businesses: 10 Takeaways from PPP Forgiveness Application and Instructions

    What We Know and What is Ahead: COVID-19 Financial Assistance

    SPECIAL ALERT: Affiliate Rule Guidance Issued

    Saving Our Small Businesses: CARES Act Expands Economic ‎Injury Disaster Loan Program to Provide Additional Financial ‎Relief to Small Businesses

    Saving Our Small Businesses: Lender Considerations for Participating in the New Forgivable Paycheck Protection Program Loans to Small Businesses

    Saving Our Small Businesses: Congress Reaches Agreement on New Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans to Small Businesses

    Saving Our Small Businesses: “Phase Three” Economic Recovery Proposal Includes New Forgivable SBA Loans for Small Businesses Impacted

    Saving Our Small Businesses: SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

     

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    Tax

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of IRS Guidance Regarding Bonus Depreciation on Qualified Improvement Property

    Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) Participants Need to Beware That Expenses Paid with PPP Loans May Not be Tax Deductible Unless a Congressional Fix is Enacted

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of IRS Guidance Regarding the Employee Retention Credit

    Federal Income Tax Considerations for Debt Workouts During an Economic Downturn

    Federal Income Tax Considerations for Debt Workouts During an Economic Downturn – “C” Corporation Considerations Supplement 

    Federal Income Tax Considerations for Debt Workouts During an Economic Downturn – “S” Corporation Considerations Supplement

    Federal Income Tax Considerations for Debt Workouts During an Economic Downturn – Partnership Considerations Supplement

    Federal Income Tax Considerations for Debt Workouts During an Economic Downturn – Lender Considerations Supplement

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of IRS Guidance Regarding Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits and Payments

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of IRS Guidance Allowing Partnerships to File Amended Returns

    IRS Guidance Regarding Waiver of Penalties and Acquiring Advance Payments for Payroll Tax Credits

    UPDATE: CARES Act Guide: Overview of Key Business Tax Provisions

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Expanded Charitable Contribution Limits

    Federal and State Governments Begin to Provide Economic Assistance via Tax Relief in the Face of COVID-19 Economy Disruptions

    Employers May Offer Tax-Free Financial Assistance to Employees Affected by Coronavirus under Internal Revenue Code Section 139

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    Victoria de Lisle
    New Orleans / Atlanta
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    Nina Huerta
    Los Angeles
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    nhuerta@lockelord.com

    McTygue, Matthew V. P.

    Matthew V.P. McTygue
    Boston
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