Author Archives: Bennett Loudon

Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Looking beyond the pandemic


Although we haven’t yet reached the most extreme stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, it might not be too soon for businesses to start planning for what happens after the crisis. “It is an interesting question because obviously people are focused ...

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Sorting out what is ‘essential’

Kevin Mulvehill

Many law firms are being inundated by questions from firms striving to comply with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order to close all non-essential businesses in an effort to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve been on the phone and ...

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Business contracts under scrutiny


Business interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related government orders to shut down or limit operations has firms seeking answers about the effect on their contractual obligations, leases and rental agreements. Some non-essential businesses forced to close to ...

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Charges against arson suspect dismissed

A state appeals court has dismissed all charges against a defendant accused of multiple arson fires in New York and Pennsylvania because he was questioned by police without his lawyer. In February 2019, Chautauqua County Court Judge David W. Foley ...

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