Recent COVID-19 Updates


Bushwack and Richman Published in Mealey’s Personal Injury Report
Jacqueline Bushwack and David Richman authored an article in Mealey’s Personal Injury Report, “The Invisible Tort: Preparing For The Defense Of COVID-19 Negligence Claims.” Click here to read the article. Share this article: …
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What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A
May 18, 2020
A May 15 article in Law360, “What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A,” discussed the wave of hospital mergers due to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact on healthcare facilities. The article also addressed possible antitrust enforcement actions against hospitals that must merge to remain financially viable. Rivkin Radler’s Robert Iseman …
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New Executive Orders Aid OPWDD Facilities amid COVID-19
May 18, 2020
In our prior bulletin, we discussed the likely lack of civil immunity from Justice Center enforcement actions conferred in other contexts by Executive Order 202.10. However, other Executive Orders provided some relief in the form of certain suspended or waived requirements applicable to facilities licensed by the Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD). By several …
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New Executive Orders Aid OPWDD Facilities amid COVID-19
In our prior bulletin, we discussed the likely lack of civil immunity from Justice Center enforcement actions conferred in other contexts by Executive Order 202.10. However, other Executive Orders provided some relief in the form of certain suspended or waived requirements applicable to facilities licensed by the Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD). By …
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Law360 Quotes Iseman and Lagios on COVID-Fueled Hospital Mergers
May 18, 2020 | Health Services
Robert Iseman and James Lagios were interviewed for the Law360 article: “What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A.” The story discusses the wave of hospital mergers due to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact on healthcare facilities. It also speaks to possible antitrust enforcement actions against hospitals that must merge to …
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Whether Buying or Selling PPE, Protect Yourself
There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and certain cleaning supplies. Although it may be tempting for manufacturers, suppliers and others with access to inventory or production of those products to use the supply shortage as a business opportunity, business owners should proceed with caution …
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Mulè to Host BOSS Program: Returning to Business in the New Normal
On Thursday, May 21, Michael Mulè and John Diviney will present the 13th program of the Business Owners Seminar Series (BOSS): Returning to Business in the New Normal. The program will be held via zoom from 8:30am-9:30am and will focus on how to restart your business and protect both you and your employees. Topics covered …
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What to Do about CARES Act Payments Made to Deceased Individuals
May 11, 2020 | Trusts & Estates
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) is a federal economic relief package for American workers and families. It provides for payments of up to $1,200 to individuals ($2,400 for married couples) with additional payments of up to $500 for each eligible child. Financial eligibility for these payments is based …
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Put Your Business on Solid Financial Footing before Hitting ‘Unpause’
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic shutdown, we have counseled our clients about how they can protect their rights as creditors once the economy begins to ramp up again. We have also advised them on how to make sure that they do not end up in their own perilous financial situation. Indeed, you …
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CMS Announces Further Rule Changes to Address Pandemic
May 4, 2020
On April 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced numerous regulatory waivers and rule changes to, among other things, expand Medicare beneficiaries’ access to coronavirus testing and telehealth services. CMS also made changes to address financial concerns that had been raised by many accountable care organizations (ACOs). The changes included adding behavioral …
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Supreme Court Hears First-Ever Telephonic Oral Argument
On May 4, 2020, the United States Supreme Court heard its first ever telephonic oral argument in its history. The case, styled United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com, B.V., addressed the issue of whether the addition of “.com” to an otherwise generic term can create a protectable trademark. Erica Ross, an Assistant to …
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Krinick, NYSBA Say Law Firms Should Be 1st to Open
A May 1 Long Island Business News article quotes Evan Krinick on the topic of reopening the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. He is one of a group of attorneys advocating on behalf of law firms as part of the “Restarting the Economy Work Group,” which was started by the president of the New York …
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OIG Posts FAQs on Enforcement During Pandemic
April 29, 2020
On April 24, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published responses to certain frequently asked questions and further explained its application of administrative enforcement authorities to arrangements directly connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. OIG stated that it is accepting inquiries regarding application of its administrative …
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Certain College Refunds Must Be Handled with Care
April 28, 2020 | Trusts & Estates
Colleges and universities across the country have closed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Some have announced that they will provide pro-rated refunds for certain expenses. If your college-age child received a refund for tuition or other education payments made through a 529 College Savings Plan (“529 Plan”), you will need to pay special attention …
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Insurance Update
April 27, 2020 | Insurance Coverage
Our April 2020 Insurance Update can be found here. We begin with a recap of some of the COVID-19 business interruption claims filed against insurers. For more on COVID-19, please be sure to visit our Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are some of the insurance articles you will find there. Proposed COVID-19 Bills Targeting Insurers: Do They Pass …
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