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COVID-19 May Lead to Permanent Changes to Theatrical Film Distribution

With movie theaters across the country shut down, film distribution has radically changed during the COVID-19 crisis. Last week brought the first indication that some of these changes may outlast the acute public health situation.

Trolls World Tour Stays Home
In the wake of the successful April 10 Video-On-Demand premiere of Trolls World Tour, Universal Pictures announced on April 28 that, in the future, the studio would release films simultaneously in theaters and on demand (VOD). Universal did not specify how many of its films would get a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release, but the message was clear — the industry is about to change. Read more…

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Group Health Plans: Regulators Extend Deadlines During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a joint notice on April 28, 2020 (the Notice) providing relief for certain deadlines applicable to group health plan participants and employers during the COVID-19 “Outbreak Period” (as defined in the Notice). Read more…

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FTC and FDA Fight Unsubstantiated Claims That CBD Products Cure Coronavirus

Numerous unscrupulous retailers are seizing on the COVID-19 crisis — and the public health fear that the overall population is experiencing — to make some wild and unsubstantiated claims about how CBD products can help cure or ward-off the novel coronavirus.

Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are stepping up enforcement actions in response. Read more…

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How New York’s COVID-19 Executive Orders Affect Limitations Periods in New York

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…

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New Jersey Expands Sick Leave, Family Leave and Temporary Disability Benefits

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…

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COVID-19: As Cases Continue to Spread, Will Court Cases Begin to Spread?

When the calendar turned from 2019 to 2020 a mere four months ago, few could have imagined that a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak would soon disrupt societies across the globe and upend the lives of millions of people. While the coronavirus continues to spread across nations, much of the workforce finds itself confined at home while governments try to slow the transmission of the virus. Read more…

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Best Practices for Litigating in the Virtual World

As the majority of the United States legal community continues to work from home, many courts are proceeding with cases virtually. Hearings that would have required in person attendance are now being held telephonically or over videoconference, and depositions are expected to move forward over video or teleconference. But a virtual court appearance should not be treated any different than an in person court appearance. In a recent case, a judge in Florida admonished an attorney for appearing on a video conference in bed, showing the dangers of approaching virtual court differently than when physically present. Read more…

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On Our Watch: CMBS in the Time of COVID-19

Perhaps no credit market is as much a bellwether for the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic than commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). While the impact of relief programs on consumer-based markets remains to be seen, CMBS offers a broad view into the health of consumers, vulnerable industries, the success of stimulus programs on small and medium-sized businesses and the overall economy. Deals in the pipeline may be in jeopardy as parties re-evaluate their positions and consider the outlook for commercial tenants in vulnerable areas, such as hospitality and retail. Meanwhile, performance of existing deals may be impacted by commercial tenant insolvencies and suspensions of bankruptcy proceedings. Read more…

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Paycheck Protection Program Updates FAQs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) includes the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides economic relief for small businesses. Davis & Gilbert attorneys Justin Pollak, Lara Cohen and Julie Makowski address what the new program covers and how small businesses can participate. These FAQs provide up-to-date information as of April 28, 2020 on the Paycheck Protection Program, which supplements the information included in our previous alert “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act: What You Need to Know,” and our related “CARES Act Memorandum.” Read more…

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Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to Appropriate Additional Funds for Small Business Loans

President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPHCE Act) into law on April 24, 2020 to infuse approximately an additional $484 billion of stimulus funds into the economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Read more…

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