Recent COVID-19 Updates


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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Cannata and Misiti Published in CLM Magazine
May 4, 2020 | Insurance Coverage
Michael Cannata and Frank Misiti’s article, “Proposed COVID-19 Bills Targeting Insurers: Do They Pass Constitutional Muster?” was published in the May 2020 CLM Magazine. The CLM, a member of The Institutes, is dedicated to meeting the professional development needs of the claims and litigation management industries. Founded in 2007, the CLM membership benefits from our …
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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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Gordon and Mulè Present Coronavirus Briefing for Business Owners
April 27, 2020 | Bankruptcy | Commercial Litigation
On April 27, Stuart Gordon and Michael Mulè presented a webinar: “Coronavirus and the Survival of Your Business.” Part of the long-running Business Owners Seminar Series (BOSS), the program outlined steps business owners can take to support the viability of their company during the pandemic. It covered issues applicable to businesses in general, essential businesses …
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Healthcare Providers Receive ‘Helicopter Money’ with Strings Attached
In 1969, noted economist Milton Friedman coined the term “helicopter money” to describe the monetary policy of injecting liquidity into the market, much like dropping money to people from helicopters, as an alternative to quantitative easing. The CARES Act, popularly referred to as the Provider Relief Fund is a “helicopter” that dropped a lot of …
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DOH Confirms that Pandemic Payments Will Not Affect Medicaid Eligibility
April 24, 2020 | Trusts & Estates
The New York State Department of Health has issued a General Information System (GIS) message clarifying the impact of COVID-19 related payments on Medicaid eligibility determinations. The GIS  confirms that pursuant to sections 2104 and 2201 of the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020  certain pandemic-related payments will not impact Medicaid …
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Trustees, Under Pressure from Beneficiaries Affected by COVID-19, Face Legal Risks
April 24, 2020 | Trusts & Estates
For many Trustees, the current economic environment is probably the most challenging they have ever faced. As the coronavirus epidemic sweeps across the country and throughout much of the world, the stock markets have experienced unprecedented volatility not seen since the Crash of 1929.1 Treacherous. Unpredictable. Hysterical. These are just some of the words that …
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