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COVID-19 Intellectual Property Extensions Ending in Many Countries; Caution Over Potential Flood of Filings

Deadline suspensions by intellectual property offices around the world are rapidly coming to a close. Many of these extensions, including in the United States, Brazil, Canada, and other countries, were granted after the COVID-19 pandemic closed governmental offices and served as the basis for unprecedented relief from otherwise firm statutory deadlines for patent and trademark filings. Read more>>

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SBA Loans

The Small Business Act Paycheck Protection Program authorizes up to $349 billion for low-interest loans of up to $10,000,000 to borrowers to fund eligible payroll costs, interest on mortgage payments (which includes mortgages on real property and personal property), rental payments, utilities payments, and for other permitted purposes. The loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program would be eligible for forgiveness for certain payroll and other operating costs, as long as the borrowers maintain their payrolls to fund payroll costs and certain other expenses. Read more…

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Insolvency Guide for Lenders, Landlords, Lessees, and Others Dealing with the COVID-19 Crisis

The economic havoc unleashed by the COVID-19 crisis in most sectors of the economy will affect businesses and their employees, servicers, customers, and others for the foreseeable future. Among those that are directly and critically affected are banks and other lenders, commercial landlords and tenants, restaurants, and the travel and hospitality industries. All of these areas will see an increase in bankruptcy filings and other insolvency proceedings in the near term. Here is a short guide for some of the issues that will arise in the coming months. Read more…

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New Tax Credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”). The Senate is expected to pass the Act this week and President Trump has indicated that he will sign it. The government, however, has indicated that further revisions to the Act may be required.

If enacted into law, the Act would require many employers to provide paid sick and family medical leave to their employees, in addition to making other changes. These provisions are intended to mitigate the economic hardship that many employees would face if the coronavirus forced them to miss work for an extended period of time. These new requirements apply only in the case of a private employers who employ less than 500 employees. These provisions of the Act are discussed in our prior alert here. Read more…

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Insurance Coverage for the Coronavirus

The recent spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) poses risks not only to human health, but also to the financial wellbeing of many businesses. To date, businesses have been forced to take significant actions in responding to the disease, including cancelling events and even ceasing or suspending operations altogether. As the coronavirus and its ripple effects continue to impact day-to-day life and commerce, businesses may face additional disruptions that could significantly affect their operations and finances. Read more…

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House Coronavirus Response Act – What Employers Need to Know

Early this morning, March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed significant legislation, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), in response to the anticipated impact of COVID-19. The Act provides a broad group of employees a right to emergency paid sick leave and also expands protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The House Bill also bolsters unemployment insurance and provides uninsured Americans coverage for testing. A bipartisan effort, the Senate is expected to pass the legislation early next week. The President has also expressed his support for the Act.  Read more…

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Coronavirus Toolkit for Employers

As of this writing, most U.S. employees face a low risk of exposure to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Nevertheless, employers are expected to act prudently in response to this significant public health event. This alert provides basic resources and simple answers to some common questions that employers may face as COVID-19 continues to spread. Read more…

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The FTC and FDA Warn Companies: Stop Making Coronavirus Claims

On March 6, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to companies that are allegedly selling products using deceptive or scientifically unsupported claims about their ability to treat coronavirus (COVID-19). Warning letters were sent to Colloidal Vitality LLCQuinessence Aromatherapy Ltd.N-ergeticsGuruNanda, LLCVivify Holistic ClinicHerbal Amy Inc., and The Jim Bakker Show. Among the products advertised are teas, essential oils, herbs, and colloidal silver. Read more…

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Force Majeure and Other Contractual Considerations in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the respiratory illness called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic, making it the first time that the WHO has declared an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 “swine flu” in 2009. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its rapid, global spread and the numbers of cases and deaths rise, the commercial effects for businesses also increase, including labor issues, regulatory issues from governmental restrictions and quarantines, supply chain and logistics issues from transportation and facility disruptions, and privacy issues from the use and disclosure of medically sensitive personal information. Because these commercial effects may result in an impacted party’s inability to fully perform its obligations under its contracts, companies should consider the risks under existing contracts, as well as how to address COVID-19 and other epidemics and pandemics in future contracts. Read more…

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John M. Hessel Named 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – First Amendment

Lewis Rice is proud to announce that The Best Lawyers in America® has named Lewis Rice member John M. Hessel as “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – First Amendment for 2020 in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This is the seventh time in the past 10 years that John has received the “Lawyer of the Year” award. He previously received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for Municipal Law in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 and for Litigation – First Amendment in 2014 and 2018. Best Lawyers has also included him in its annual list every year since 2009 for Commercial Litigation, Municipal Law, Litigation – Municipal, and Litigation – First Amendment.

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