The COVID-19 pandemic is causing great uncertainty in the United States and around the world. One potential uncertainty specific to parties in New York is the applicable deadline to file a lawsuit. New York state courts are currently restricting filings of non-essential new actions, but parties may not have long to file after restrictions have been lifted. The determination of the deadline to file depends on how recent Executive Orders are interpreted. Read more…
Monthly Archives: April 2020
New Jersey’s Governor recently signed into law a series of bills expanding New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law (NJ ESL), Family Leave Act (NJ FLA) and Temporary Disability Benefits Law (NJ TDB) in order to provide additional benefits to employees impacted by COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Read more…
Texas Governor Issues Executive Order to Begin Phase One of Reopening Texas: What Employers Need to Know
On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Gregory Abbott announced Phase One of his much anticipated plan to reopen Texas, while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Governor Abbott accompanied his announcement by issuing Texas Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas (“Report”), and Executive Order No. GA-18 (“EO GA-18” or “Order”), pursuant to which all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries are allowed to reopen on Friday, May 1, 2020, with a 25% occupancy limitation. Within shopping malls and museums, all interactive areas must remain closed, as well as food-court dining and play areas. EO GA-18 allows for increased occupancy limits of up to 50% in rural areas and counties with five or fewer confirmed cases of COVID-19, as verified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (“DSHS”).
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Massachusetts Halts Evictions & Forelosures, While Allowing Remote Notarizations
Within the last ten days, Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law two new acts intended to address the significant economic and legal disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic and the Commonwealth’s state of emergency response.
The first, An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the COVID-19 Emergency, does just what its title states.
The second, An Act Providing for Virtual Notarization to Address Challenges Related to COVID-19, is more limited and is intended to promote, rather than restrict, legal action.
This alert outlines key provisions of and guidance for complying with these new laws. Read more…
There has been a great deal in the press recently about insurers rejecting coronavirus claims and disappointed policy-holders. Some of those speaking publicly on behalf of the insurance industry have not done much to dispel the confusion and get to the nub of the issue. The issue is not one of what the insurer “intended” to cover. It is a matter of what the policy says. We have had numerous enquiries from clients with questions about insurance policies and potential claims.
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A recent decision issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, presents a stark example of what can result when a defendant accused of trade secret misappropriation is careless in preserving electronically stored information (“ESI”) relevant to the lawsuit.
Silicon Valley-based autonomous car startup WeRide Corp. and WeRide Inc. (collectively, “WeRide”) sued rival self-driving car company AllRide.AI Inc. (“AllRide”), along with two of its former executives and AllRide’s related companies, asserting claims for misappropriation under the federal Defendant Trade Secrets Act and the California Uniform Trade Secrets Code, along with numerous other claims. WeRide secured a preliminary injunction from the Court, directing AllRide not to use or disclose WeRide’s confidential information and trade secrets, and specifically directing defendants not to destroy evidence.
By Sharon G. Druker, from our Business Law Practice Group
April 30, 2020 — Federal corporations, non-profit organizations and cooperatives generally must file their annual returns and pay the annual fees within 60 days of the anniversary date of their creation. However, Corporations Canada has recently announced that all such entities whose anniversary date falls between February 1 and June 1, 2020 now have until September 30, 2020 to do so. Corporations created under a special act of Parliament and which would otherwise have to file between April 1 and June 1, 2020 now also have until September 30, 2020 to do so.
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In the past several years, the food and beverage space has seen an explosion of innovation—alternative meat products, plant-based dairy and protein alternatives, CBD- and collagen-infused everything, and functional foods and beverages and containing everything from pre/pro/post-biotics to nootropic and adaptogenic herbs, just to name a few. And many of these innovations have led to wildly successful products with household brand recognition (think: Impossible Foods and Vital Proteins).
While many of these brands may be protected by robust trademark portfolios, what role have patents played in defining their territory in the market? Patent protection can add significant value to an emerging brand by keeping competitors at bay, serving as an asset or collateral to secure financing, or as leverage to license across different industries or markets. Yet, the vast majority of conventional foods occupying the shelves of your local grocery store are likely not covered by a utility patent. Which begs the question, are food products patentable?