Tag Archives: Coronavirus

COVID-19: Italy ratchets up

What has changed? Up to now, European Governments have followed an approach to tackling Coronavirus based on three main elements:  closing down the main public interactions (retail, hospitality, sports) except those necessary for food and healthcare;  encouraging/requiring people to work remotely where they can, and to stay away from work if not essential;  and social … Continue Reading

Are You An Essential Business?

This week, we anticipate that states and municipalities will likely issue a number of “stay-at-home orders” that will require the temporary closure of businesses not deemed “essential.”  Ohio just put such an order in place, for example.  Unfortunately, to date, the direction to stay at home is not being directed by the federal government or … Continue Reading

Defense Production Act (DPA) and Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) – Substance and Process

On March 18, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order on prioritizing and allocating health and medical resources to respond to the spread of COVID-19 in the US, citing the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), as amended (50 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.).  The DPA confers on the President, and his administration, a broad set … Continue Reading

US Policy Prognosis: The Legislative Response to COVID-19

With the rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), commonly known as the “coronavirus” or COVID-19, lawmakers are proposing and voting on policies to aid people and industries affected by the virus. Several legislative packages have already been enacted, and our elected officials continue to negotiate bills to assist our communities and economy.  Our colleagues … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner: Coronavirus and Trade – US Perspective; What Comes Next?

This is a Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner Blog.  Please contact our colleagues in the Washington DC office, Frank Samolis, Ludmilla Kasulke, Stacy Swanson and Rory Murphy, with any questions.  The coronavirus outbreak has caused severe, but widely varying disruptions across the US economy, including increased consumer demand of particular goods, reduced production due to … Continue Reading

How Do I Know If What I Do Is An Essential Service?

Companies are asking whether, in the context of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdowns, their business counts as an “essential service”.  Our colleague Matthew Kirk has prepared a client advisory that addresses this issue from a European perspective, gives a little background to what we see of governments’ approaches to this question so far, and suggests … Continue Reading

Restructuring Protections In A Time Of Coronavirus

“The problem in public life is learning to overcome terror…” ― Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera There is significant information circulating about how businesses should respond to COVID-19 and overcome the fear and uncertainty about the virus and what comes next. It is easy to find articles about important matters regarding how to … Continue Reading

Coronavirus and US Litigation Involving Multinational Corporations

The globalization of business, combined with the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), commonly referred to as the “coronavirus,” renders multinational corporations highly susceptible to litigation in US courts. US companies that have been damaged by COVID-19 issues will likely seek redress through litigation, and foreign businesses operating in the US must be … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from the UK Finance Disputes and Regulatory Investigations Blog: Coronavirus Insurance Issues for UK Businesses and Insurers

Our colleague in our Birmingham office, Garon Anthony, has prepared a detailed update of coronavirus related insurance issues for UK businesses and insurers. Earlier this week we looked at the effect that Coronavirus may be having on events cancellation, travel and personal accident insurances. However, businesses should now consult with their professional advisers and insurance managers … Continue Reading

Coronavirus as Force Majeure?

The situation concerning the novel coronavirus (officially known as COVID-19) is rapidly evolving. The landscape of the virus’ spread and its impacts continues to change dramatically, with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of new cases being confirmed every day and new countries—far from the likely origin of the virus in Wuhan, China—being added to the map of the virus’ … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Advisory Regarding Supply Chain Issues in China Arising from COVID-19

In a prior client advisory on the legal implications of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in China, we explored employment, force majeure, data privacy, tax and other issues.  Our colleagues in our Shanghai office, Daniel F. Roules and Yi (Nic) Wan, have prepared a supplemental client advisory, identifying specific supply chain issues that are arising from … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from the UK Finance Disputes and Regulatory Investigations Blog: Coronavirus Related Event Cancellations Creating Exposure for Insurers

Our colleagues in our Birmingham office, Garon Anthony and Mariyam Harunah, have prepared an update on the effects of coronavirus related event cancellations for insurers. Last week, the insurer Hiscox confirmed that it has begun to receive notifications of coronavirus related claims. Hiscox has said that it is still too early for it to determine … Continue Reading
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