Monthly Archives: May 2020

Two Ways to Use Your Content to Build Relationships

Last week, we talked about content as a means for building relationships, while some of our more traditional methods for relationship-building are on hold. “But HOW do I do that?” you may ask?

Lawyers and law firms often think of content marketing as a solo activity. While you may have a strategy that is firm or practice-wide, in general, you’re thinking of the producers of the content for that strategy as individuals.

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CAN SUSUPENSION OF RENT DUE TO LOCKDOWN BE CLAIMED BY A LESSEE?

Judgment: Ramanand & Ors. Vs. Dr. Girish Soni & Anr. [CM APPL. 10847/2020]

Forum: Hon’ble High Court of Delhi (“DHC”)

Judgment delivered on: May 21, 2020

Act/LawIndian Contract Act, 1872 (“ICA”) and Transfer of Property Act, 1882 (“TPA”)

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What the DOL Giveth, the IRS (May) Taketh Away: Benefits Guidance in the Time of COVID-19

In EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01, “Guidance and Relief for employee Benefit Plans Due to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Outbreak” ( “Notice”), the DOL provided sponsors of defined contribution plans subject to ERISA relief from DOL enforcement action for failure to timely forward participant contributions and loan repayments to the plan during the period from March 1, 2020, and to the 60th day following the announced end of the National Emergency.   This DOL relief, however, appears to be limited to ERISA violations and does not appear to provide protection from the excise taxes under the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”).

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Insolvency of companies in Portugal

Insolvency of companies in Portugal – Liability of directors and managers article can be read here. 

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Talent Deals and the Impact of a Pandemic: Rethinking Force Majeure

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has affected nearly every facet of daily life, and has taken a heavy toll on countless industries. The advertising industry, which relies heavily on the personal services of actors, performers and other talent, is no exception. Read more…

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FAQ: Main Street Business Lending Program

On April 30, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced certain changes and clarifications to its Main Street Lending Program. The Main Street Lending Program was initially announced on April 9, 2020 and will support direct lending to certain small and mid-sized businesses, utilizing funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). (See our previous alert on the CARES Act’s $454 billion appropriation in funding for Federal Reserve emergency lending programs here.)  Read more…

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CFIUS AND EXPORT CONTROLS: A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE PROPOSED MANDATORY FILING CHANGES

Pursuant to the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) is authorized to review and take action to address national security concerns arising from certain investments and real estate transactions involving foreign persons. On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) published a Proposed Rule that includes two important changes impacting mandatory filings.

In October 2018, Treasury published the “Pilot Program Interim Rule,” an interim rule that implemented—on a temporary basis—a pilot program which imposed a mandatory filing requirement for certain foreign investment transactions involving a U.S. business across the five types of critical technologies as defined by FIRRMA; and with a nexus to specified industries identified in the North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”). For more details about the critical technologies pilot program, please see our previous article.

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Uncovering the COVID-19 Return to Work Protocol

Many employers are now arranging for employees to return to the workplace after, what has hopefully been, the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland. Our employment law expert, Shane Costelloe, unmasks the Return to Work Safety Protocol

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Video: Telemental Health Benefits During COVID-19 – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: One way employers can support employee mental health in today’s environment is ensuring that their benefits offerings include telemental health services. Attorneys Cassandra Labbees and Amy Lerman tell us more about telemental health and evaluating your benefits plans.

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Attorneys Appointed/Reappointed to Committees within the Illinois State Bar Association

ROYAL OAK, Mich., May 21, 2020 – Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that three of our attorneys have been appointed/reappointed to committees within the Illinois State Bar Association for the 2020-2021 term.

The attorneys and their appointments/reappointments are as follows:

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