Health concerns over the lingering COVID-19 pandemic have given life to Rule 30(b)(4) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which provides: “The parties may stipulate—or the court may on motion order—that a deposition be taken by telephone or other remote means.” Trial courts in the Second Circuit are encouraging parties to stipulate to remote depositions to minimize the risks of COVID-19 exposure, with some courts ordering remote depositions as the default in pending cases.
Taxpayers looking to undergo alternative financing arrangements in response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act may look to engage in sale-leaseback transactions to accelerate and utilize the benefits of the CARES Act’s tax provisions.
On Thursday, July 2, Duane Morris’ Baltimore office provided meals from Miss Shirley’s to emergency room workers on the front lines at University of Maryland Medical Center as part of our firmwide Meals for Healthcare Heroes initiative. This program is funded by donations from Duane Morris attorneys and staff and is meant to honor the healthcare workers and support local restaurants. Duane Morris’ COVID-19 Strategy Team will be hosting 15 Meals for Healthcare Heroes events nationwide.
On July 1, 2020, the United States Congress passed an extension of the deadline for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans made under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.
In recent weeks, the number of daily reported cases of COVID-19 in Florida has spiked, as it has in many other states. To slow the spread of the virus, counties throughout the Sunshine State and South Florida in particular are reimposing restrictions on, among other things, access to public facilities such as beaches.
The Flexible Furlough Scheme (FFS) commenced today, July 1, 2020, and you can now submit claims for periods starting on or after 1 July. GOV.UK published a news story this afternoon announcing this commencement.
Earlier today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that indoor dining will no longer be permitted later this week as part of New Jersey’s Reopening Plan. Initially, indoor dining was supposed to be able to resume this week on Thursday, in time for the Fourth of July weekend. Given the rising number of cases in other States and the crowds expected this weekend for the 4th of July, the Governor has opted to slow down the reopening of indoor dining.
On June 24, 2020, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration released an interim final rule updating eligibility criteria for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans made under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.
The June 24 interim final rule loosens the eligibility criteria that applied to owners of 20 percent or more of a PPP loan borrower’s equity, specifically concerning the criminal histories of such owners. In addition, the June 24 interim final rule confirms certain other eligibility criteria that will remain in place.
As widely reported in the media, there has been an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the state of Texas. As a result, on June 26, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a new executive order limiting certain business and services in an effort to contain the spread.
On Friday, June 26, Duane Morris’ Pittsburgh office provided meals from Market Street Grocery to medical workers on the front lines at UPMC Shadyside as part of our firmwide initiative Meals for Healthcare Heroes. Huge Thank you to Market Street Grocery for joining our efforts; they matched our donation so we could provide lunch and dinner to honor staff on all shifts. This program is funded by donations from Duane Morris attorneys and staff and is meant to honor the healthcare workers and support local restaurants. Duane Morris’ COVID-19 Strategy Team will be hosting 15 Meals for Healthcare Heroes events nationwide.