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Pandemic jumpstarts technology advancements in legal sector


The COVID-19 pandemic has so accelerated law firms’ adoptions of new technologies that they have jumped ahead several years, says Christopher Rodi, partner at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP. “It has really forced us to move five years forward in six ...

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Real Estate Law: New York adopts much-needed COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program of 2021

Ninteretse Jean Pierre

On April 16, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program of 2021 (the “Program”), which extends rental and utility assistance to low-income and moderate-income New York residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and at risk ...

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Civil Litigation: Are vaccine mandates legal?


Life is finally beginning to feel a bit more normal as our long journey out of the pandemic is hopefully nearing an end. Just last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo adopted the CDC recommendations regarding masks, and lifted many of the ...

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IP Frontiers: The TRIPS COVID-19 Waiver

Christina E. Brule, Esq.

On May 5, the Biden administration signaled the United States’ support for a proposed waiver of certain World Trade Organization (WTO) rules that require member countries to enforce intellectual property (IP) rights, particularly those related to confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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After court nixes eviction ban, race is on for federal help

BOSTON — The recent court ruling striking down a national eviction moratorium has heightened concerns that tenants won’t receive tens of billions of dollars in promised federal aid in time to avoid getting kicked out of their homes. A federal ...

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Unpaid rent a major problem that needs more solutions

As the COVID-19 pandemic grew worse last year and employers were forced to reduce their workforce, impacted workers found it difficult to pay rent. To ensure no one would lose their home during the crisis, federal and state eviction moratoriums ...

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How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it

Ruth Palacios and Arturo Xelo, a married couple from Mexico, work at their fruit stand in the Corona neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. They worked seven days a week for months disinfecting COVID-19 patient rooms at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, but weren't paid overtime Palacios says. The couple filed a federal lawsuit against the contractor that hired them, alleging their pay was cut without their knowledge from $15 an hour to $12.25. They're now selling fruit to make ends meet. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel)

Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages. When a recession hits, U.S. companies are more likely to stiff their lowest-wage workers. ...

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