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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.

    We encourage you to regularly visit this page for the most up-to-date information. You will also find access to key contacts at Locke Lord who can put you in touch with appropriate team members.

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


    Antitrust

    Merchants Beware: Price Increases Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic May Trigger Aggressive Enforcement of State Price-Gouging Laws by Taylor Levesque and Bradley C. Weber

    Demand for Health and Cleaning Products in the Wake of COVID-19 Amplifies Scrutiny of Antitrust Concerns by Julie C. Webb

     

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    Bankruptcy

    UK Government Announcement Regarding Changes to the UK’s Insolvency Regime ‎Prompted by COVID-19‎ by David Grant and Matthew Daffurn

    The FAA and the Bankruptcy Code: A Delicate Balance by Ann Ryan Robertson

    The Use of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to Address Business Disruption Resulting From COVID-19 by Aaron C. Smith and Michael B. Kind

     

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    Business Operations

    COVID-19 – Stay Home, Work Safe and Other Emergency Orders by Robert D. Miller

    “Essential Business” Under Harris County Stay Home - Work Safe Order by Danielle Charron and Brandon F. Renken

    State Restrictions on Non-Essential Business Operations During the COVID-19 Crisis by Michael J. Mannion, Matthew V. P. McTygue, Jay Myers, Timothy A. Roberts and Aaron C. Smith

    Massachusetts’ March 23 Directive Re: Restrictions and Essential Services During the COVID-19 Crisis by Brandon Curtin, Richard D. Glovsky and Timothy A. Roberts

    State Restrictions on Employee Travel During the COVID-19 Crisis by Michael J. Mannion, Matthew V. P. McTygue, Jay Myers, Timothy A. Roberts and Aaron C. Smith

    New York Mayor de Blasio Issues Emergency Executive Order 100 Imposing Restrictions on Gatherings and Businesses by Stephen B. Anastasia

     

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    Cannabis

    No Aid to the Cannabis Industry in Federal Coronavirus Legislation by Douglas R. Sweeney and Simon A. Fleischmann

     

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    Contracts

    TriBar Opinion Committee Comment Concerning Use of Electronic Signatures and Third-Party OpinionStanley Keller (Contributor)

    Pulling the Trigger on Force Majeure: A Texan Perspective on COVID-19 and an Oil Price War by David E. Harrell Jr., FCIArb, Derrick Carson, FCIArb, Danielle Charron and Monika Dziemianczuk

    The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Contractual Obligations by Matthew V. P. McTygue and Timothy A. Roberts

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

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

     

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    Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

    Governance Issues for Retirement Plan Sponsors Due to "Opt-Out" Amendments by Edward A. Razim III and Katy Zarolia Skattum

    Addressing Impacts on Group Health Plan Coverage Caused by COVID-19 Employment Changes by Stefan P. Smith and Katy Zarolia Skattum

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Executive Compensation Limits by Lori A. Basilico, Laura L. Ferguson and Edward A. Razim III

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Key Employee Benefits Provisions by Lori A. Basilico, Laura L. Ferguson, Edward A. Razim III, Sarah J.G. Rous, Emily K. Self and Katy Zarolia Skattum

    COVID-19 and Your Benefit Plans: What You Need to Know Now by Lori A. Basilico, E. Philip Bush, Laura L. Ferguson, Benjamin Ferrucci, Edward A. Razim III, Sarah J.G. Rous and Stefan P. Smith

    High-Deductible Health Plans May Cover COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Costs by E. Philip Bush

     

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    Energy

    FERC Issues Guidance to Regulated Entities Regarding COVID-19 Impacts by Jennifer Brough and Bruce Grabow

     

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    Environmental

    Will COVID-19 Cause Future FIFRA Headaches for Disinfectant Product Producers and Retailers? by Gerald D. Higdon

    Federal and State Environmental Authorities Respond to COVID-19 by Gerald J. Pels and Andrew D. Otis

     

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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.

    Major Amendment to the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act by Sharon A. Blinkoff and Daniel Solitro

    FDA’s COVID-19 Emergency Use Authorization- A Primer and Practical Implications by Mark Mansour and Aaron Igdalsky

     

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    Financial Services

    Loan Forbearance: Preparing for Customer Relief Requests − April has Begun by Douglas P. Faucette

    Help for Mid-Sized Businesses: Congress Provides for Implementation of New Direct Loan ‎Program to Eligible Mid-Size Borrowers in CARES Act by Christine Dreyer McCay, Jennifer Capasso Mendonça and Brandon Curtin

    Federal Reserve Will Become a Direct Lender to Corporations and an Investor in ‎Corporate Bond Markets by Eugene W. McDermott Jr., Rob Evans and Stanley Keller

    Coronavirus and the Credit Markets: Borrower and Lender Concerns by Matthew V. P. McTygue, David L. Ruediger, George Ticknor and Jason Ulezalka

    UK Government Announces Support for Business Affected by ‎COVID-19‎ by Matthew Daffurn

    Loss-Mitigation Communications to Mortgage Borrowers During COVID-19 Pandemic by Robert T. Mowrey, Thomas G. Yoxall and Daron Janis 

     

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    Governmental Investigations

    DOJ Brings First COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Fraud Case — Warns Public More to Come by Mario H. Nguyen

     

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    Health Care

    The Rapidly Evolving Telemedicine Regulatory Landscape in the Wake of COVID-19 by Jennifer L. Rangel and Aaron Igdalsky

    New CMS Waivers Intended to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Pandemic by Jennifer L. Rangel, David S. Szabo, Tammy Ward Woffenden, Lauren Morgan Fincher and Ashley Wheelock

    Healthcare Highlights in the Federal CARES Act by Lauren Morgan Fincher, David S. Szabo, Tammy Ward Woffenden and Ashley Wheelock

    Medicare Providers and Suppliers to Receive Emergency Funding Through Expanded CMS Accelerated and Advance Payment Program by Tammy Ward Woffenden, Jennifer L. Rangel, David S. Szabo and Ashley Wheelock

    Texas Medical Board’s Response to COVID-19‎ by Jennifer L. Rangel, Tammy Ward Woffenden and Ashley Wheelock

     

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    Information for Insurers

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 6th, 2020) by Benjamin P. Sykes, Ashlee Knuckey, John N. Emmanuel, Aaron Igdalsky, Amanda Kane and Stephen B. Anastasia

    Reinsurance Coverage Issues for COVID-19 Claims by Ernesto Rafael Palomo

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 3rd, 2020) by Benjamin P. Sykes, Ashlee Knuckey, John N. Emmanuel, Aaron Igdalsky, Amanda Kane and Stephen B. Anastasia

    NAIC Releases COVID-19 Information Request Template by Stephen B. Anastasia

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (April 2nd, 2020) by Benjamin P. Sykes, Ashlee Knuckey, John N. Emmanuel, Aaron Igdalsky, Amanda Kane and Stephen B. Anastasia

    Texas Governor Adopts Executive Order Exempting Insurance Industry Business Travel from Quarantine Restrictions by Christopher L. Martin

    COVID-19 Daily Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown (March 31st, 2020) by Benjamin P. Sykes, Ashlee Knuckey, John N. Emmanuel, Aaron Igdalsky, Amanda Kane and Stephen B. Anastasia

    Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Litigation Arising from COVID-19 by Mitchell Popham, Ernesto Palomo and Matthew Kalas 

    Changes State Insurance Regulators Are Making For COVID-19 by Brian T. Casey and Zachary N. Lerner

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

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

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

    California Requests Insurance Data On Business Interruption Coverages by Stephen B. Anastasia

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

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

    Minnesota Governor Issues Stay At Home Executive Order by Stephen B. Anastasia

    Delaware Orders Insurers To Cease Cancellation Or Non-renewal Due To Nonpayment During Delaware State Of Emergency by Stephen B. Anastasia

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

    DC Issues Guidance Relating to Insurance Impacts of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency by Aaron Igdalsky

    COVID-19 Insurance Regulatory Updates To Keep You Informed During The Lockdown by Stephen B. Anastasia

    Texas Suspends Certain Insurance Licensing Requirements to Address Coronavirus Outbreak by Jon Gillum

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

    Take Aways From The NAIC Special Session On COVID-19 (Public Portion) by Paige D. Waters, Stephanie O'Neill Macro and Michael P. Rohan

    Oklahoma Issues Bulletin on Immediate Measures to be Taken by Property Casualty Carriers by Stephen B. Anastasia

    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 by Stephen B. Anastasia

    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 by Stephen B. Anastasia

    First Business Interruption Coverage Case Filed in Louisiana by Ernesto Rafael Palomo, Mitchell J. Popham and Matthew J. Kalas

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

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

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

    Georgia Commissioner Issues Bulletin Expediting Review Process for Endorsement Forms Relating to Business Interruption Due to COVID-19 by Stephen B. Anastasia

    New Jersey Advances a Bill Providing Business Interruption (BI) Coverage Resulting from COVID-19 by Robert B. Kasinow

    Insurers and Reinsurers can Expect COVID-19 Claims as Varied as the Virus Vectors by Mattthew J. KalasMitch J. Popham and Ernesto Rafael Palomo

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

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

     

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    Intellectual Property

    Trademark, Patent & Copyright Implications of the CARES Act by Georgi Korobanov and H. Straat Tenney

     

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    Investment Adviser & Fund Management

    FUNDamentals: Considerations for Your Fund During the COVID-19 Crisis by Heather M. Stone and Alexandra J. Cavaliere

    SEC Provides Exemptive Relief to Investment Advisers and Investment Companies in Response to Coronavirus by Michael K. Renetzky and Tom Bohac

     

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    Labor & Employment

    Key Questions for Employers Facing COVID-19 (FAQ) by Richard D. Glovsky, David M. Gregory, Nina Huerta, Paul G. Nason, Hanna Norvell, Richard Reibstein, Jordon R. Ferguson, Ricardo Lopez and Jonevin Sabado

    UPDATE On The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (H.R. 6201/H.R. 904) Paid and Unpaid Leave by Richard D. GlovskyNina HuertaHanna NorvellJordon R. Ferguson and Emily Travis

    Los Angeles City Council Passes COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance‎ by Jordon Ferguson, Nina Huerta and Ricardo Lopez 

    New Jersey Employers and the Coronavirus: State Amends Its Sick Leave, Family Leave, and Temporary Disability Benefits Laws Due to COVID-19 by Christopher B. Fontenelli and Richard Reibstein

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Key Unemployment Provisions by Jeffrey M. McPhaul and Lani Durio

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

    Employers Confront Their Obligations as Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads by Richard D. Glovsky, Jordon R. Ferguson and Rufino Gaytán

    UPDATE: Cal-WARN Act Obligations Amended Per Governor’s Executive Order by Jordon R. Ferguson and Nina Huerta

    New York Passes Law on Paid and Unpaid Sick Leave and Family and Disability Leave Due to COVID-19 by Richard Reibstein and Janet Barsky

    New Jersey Employers and COVID-19: State Continues to Take Action to Combat the Effects of Coronavirus by Christopher B. Fontenelli and Richard Reibstein

    COVID-19: What Should Employers Do About It? by Richard D. Glovsky 

     

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    Litigation

    Location, Location in the Age of COVID-19: Where Can You Get Your Day in Court? by Scarlett Collings and Neha Dubey 

     

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Risks from Abroad: COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down CFIUS Review of Foreign Mergers and Acquisitions by Stephen P. Murphy and Brandon Curtin

      

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    Nonprofits

    CARES Act Guide – Overview of Key Provisions Providing Relief for Nonprofits by Jennifer Capasso Mendonça and Chelsea A. Tryder

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

    Saving our Arts Community: Congress Reaches Agreement on Emergency Aid for Arts Organizations by Ann Ryan Robertson, FCIArb and Marisa Murillo

     

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    Pharmaceuticals

    Approving New Vaccines in the Time of COVID-19 by Timothy F. Peterson

     

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    Privacy & Cybersecurity

    Privacy and Cybersecurity Work from Home Considerations in the Context of Coronavirus by Theodore P. Augustinos and Laura L. Ferguson

     

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    Public Finance

    Revenue Anticipation Borrowings by Richard A. Manley Jr.

     

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    Real Estate

    Eviction Moratoria during Coronavirus Pandemic by Alfred M. Clark

     

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    Regulatory

    Complying with Open Meeting Laws in ‎Massachusetts During COVID-19 by Walter J. St. Onge III and Natalie M. Jersak

    Governor Abbott Suspends Open Meetings Statutes to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 by Brian L. O'Reilly

     

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    SEC Guidance

    Update: SEC Extends 45-Day Filing Relief Through July 1, 2020 by Rob Evans, Emily Holpert, Stanley Keller and Eugene W. McDermott Jr.

    SEC Provides COVID-19 Disclosure Guidance by Eugene W. McDermott Jr., Rob Evans and Stanley Keller

    SEC Coronavirus Guidance on Shareholder Annual Meeting Engagement by Rob Evans, Emily Holpert, Stanley Keller and Eugene W. McDermott Jr.

    Update: SEC Provides Conditional Deadline Extensions by Rob Evans, Emily Holpert, Stanley Keller and Eugene W. McDermott Jr. 

     

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    Small Business

    SPECIAL ALERT: Affiliate Rule Guidance Issued by Matthew V. P. McTygue, Marisa Murillo, Tamer Tullgren and Michael R. Wilson

    Saving Our Small Businesses: CARES Act Expands Economic ‎Injury Disaster Loan Program to Provide Additional Financial ‎Relief to Small Businesses by Michael R. Wilson, Marisa Murillo and Natalie M. Jersak

    Saving Our Small Businesses: Lender Considerations for Participating in the New Forgivable Paycheck Protection Program Loans to Small Businesses by Marisa Murillo, Michael R. Wilson and Natalie M. Jersak

    Saving Our Small Businesses: Congress Reaches Agreement on New Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans to Small Businesses by Michael R. Wilson, Marisa Murillo and Natalie M. Jersak

    Saving Our Small Businesses: “Phase Three” Economic Recovery Proposal Includes New Forgivable SBA Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 by Michael R. Wilson, Marisa Murillo and Natalie M. Jersak

    Saving Our Small Businesses: SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 by Marisa Murillo, Michael R. Wilson and Natalie M. Jersak

     

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    Tax

    IRS Guidance Regarding Waiver of Penalties and Acquiring Advance Payments for Payroll Tax Credits by Jeffrey D. Wallace and Andrew P. Nelson

    UPDATE: CARES Act Guide: Overview of Key Business Tax Provisions by Will S. Becker, Stephanie McDermott, Andrew P. Nelson, Buddy Sanders, Jeffrey D. Wallace and Peter T. Wynacht

    CARES Act Guide: Overview of Expanded Charitable Contribution Limits by Stuart Bumpas and Emily K. Self

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

    Employers May Offer Tax-Free Financial Assistance to Employees Affected By Coronavirus under Internal Revenue Code Section 139 by Lori A. Basilico

     

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    Key Contacts

     

    de Lisle, Victoria M.

    Victoria de Lisle
    New Orleans / Atlanta
    504-558-5146 / 404-870-4600
    vdelisle@lockelord.com 

    Huerta, Nina

    Nina Huerta
    Los Angeles
    213-687-6707
    nhuerta@lockelord.com

    McTygue, Matthew V. P.

    Matthew V.P. McTygue
    Boston
    617-239-0494
    matt.mctygue@lockelord.com

     

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