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MCBA President’s Message: MCBA helping lawyers adapt to a changed world

Carolyn Nussbaum

When I wrote my last column, in late February, I could not have foreseen the maelstrom coming at us that has changed our lives so fundamentally. Just a few weeks later, new terms and phrases now pepper our conversations: confinement, ...

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Split families make pacts, duel over custody amid virus

As the country hunkered down to fend off the coronavirus, Carolina McAuley expected her middle school-age kids would continue to shuffle between her house and her ex-husband’s — until she got sick. Suddenly, her long-standing custody arrangement unraveled as she ...

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‘Pharma Bro’ wants out of prison to research coronavirus

Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli appears on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, for the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on his former company's decision to raise the price of a lifesaving medicine. Shkreli refused to testify before U.S. lawmakers who excoriated him over severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

NEW YORK — Convicted former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli, known as “Pharma Bro,” wants to get out of prison so he can help research a treatment for the coronavirus, his lawyer said Tuesday. Defense attorney Ben Brafman said that ...

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Face masks will slow spread of coronavirus, county says


With New York’s stay-at-home order extended until at least April 29, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on Monday urged residents to add the wearing of face masks to their regular social distancing practices. Face masks should be worn anywhere that ...

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States largely have authority over when to shut down, reopen

President Donald Trump gestures to a chart as he speaks about the coronavirus with Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, right, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it’s governors and local officials who are deciding what type of restrictions to impose on their citizens to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Constitution largely gives ...

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CARES Act has holes for workers

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The newly signed CARES Act was designed to help stimulate the economy while offering much-needed relief to both businesses and workers. On the whole, the package is looked at favorably, but some experts are saying CARES leaves certain workers vulnerable. ...

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Kids under threat: Virus hitting juvenile detention centers

MINNEAPOLIS — For the tens of thousands of kids locked up in juvenile detention centers and other correctional facilities across America, experts have issued a gloomy warning: The coronavirus is coming. Already this week, Louisiana confirmed that a staff member ...

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Construction industry stung by new ‘essential’ definition


Construction firms large and small, forced to leave job sites on Friday when their work no longer fit the state’s definition of an essential industry, are hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo instead will allow municipalities to determine whether building is a ...

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Real Estate Law: COVID-19 presents unique challenges for commercial leasing

Karianne M. Polimeni

The nationwide spread of COVID-19, and governmental regulations enacted in response to the outbreak, has had a significant impact on the commercial real estate world, and commercial leasing in particular. With governmental regulations growing increasingly more restrictive, many people are ...

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AG makes services more accessible in response to coronavirus

Coronavirus outbreak and coronaviruses influenza background as dangerous flu strain cases as a pandemic medical health risk concept with disease cells as a 3D render

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday a number of steps her office is taking to make state government services more accessible to New Yorkers during the coronavirus public health crisis. In an effort to address disruptions happening across ...

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Stimulus package affects health spending accounts


Among the myriad provisions of the CARES Act, two changes were made in what’s covered by Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Spending accounts. The changes were part of the 880-page stimulus package aimed at providing funds to fight the COVID-19 ...

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