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Real Estate Law: COVID-19 brings commercial lease enforcement issues

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the governor of New York issued executive orders significantly restricting the business activities that commercial tenants could conduct from leased locations in New York state. Many tenants impacted by these orders have refused to ...

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Commentary: Do not expect relief of most contractual obligations due to COVID-19

For most business law practitioners, we have had little-to-no need to revisit the concepts of force majeure, frustration of purpose, impossibility, and impracticality since completing our final examination in contracts. This orthodoxy was challenged in March, when large sectors of ...

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US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under ...

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Unshackle Upstate testimony highlights COVID-19 priorities

Unshackle Upstate, the non-partisan, pro-taxpayer coalition that advocates for Upstate New York job creators and taxpayers, last week submitted testimony to the New York State Joint Legislative hearing on COVID-19’s impact on small businesses proposing a number of immediate actions ...

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Advocate’s View: Re-opening construction: The new normal (for now)

During the early stages of the COVID-19 health crisis, certain construction work was deemed “essential” and was permitted to continue. The guidelines regarding what work was considered essential were not always crystal clear and resulted in a lot of confusion ...

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Appeals court OKs June 23 NY Democratic presidential primary

NEW YORK — New York’s Democratic Party leadership gave up trying to cancel the state’s June 23 presidential primary Tuesday after an appeals court rejected arguments that holding it during the coronavirus pandemic would endanger public safety. Douglas A. Kellner, ...

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COVID-19 data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Public health officials in at least two-thirds of U.S. states are sharing the addresses of people who have the coronavirus with first responders. Supporters say the measure is designed to protect those on the front line, but ...

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Sweeping federal lawsuit seeks election changes in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Advocates for people with disabilities and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Monday asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired, every voter in the state receive an absentee ballot and ...

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‘Delusional’ Martin Shkreli denied prison release by judge

NEW YORK — A judge rejected the request of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to be let out of prison to research a coronavirus treatment, noting that probation officials viewed that claim as the type of “delusional self-aggrandizing behavior” that ...

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Wisconsin bars reopen after court ruling praised by Trump

MADISON, Wis. — A court ruling tossing out Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order threw communities into chaos Thursday, after some bars opened immediately and were packed with customers while other local leaders moved to keep strict restrictions in place amid the coronavirus ...

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HR Connection: Another fine mess they’ve gotten us into

If you’ve had children home with you for a few weeks, I’m guessing you’ve heard, “that’s not fair!” a time or two. When our kids were young, and feeling the world was being unfair to them, I would explain, “Life ...

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