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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

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

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

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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AP source: Sheldon Silver released from prison on furlough

NEW YORK — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been released from a federal prison on furlough while he awaits potential placement to home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Silver, 77, began ...

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Real Estate Law: Get your vacation rental agreements in shape for the summer

Warm weather, sandy beaches, sunsets … so many visions of idyllic summer vacations were seemingly washed away in the COVID-19 wave of 2020. However, with distancing, quarantine, and other similar restrictions now being loosened in several states, the thought of ...

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Dallas lawyer takes up mission to help people avoid eviction

DALLAS — Not long after he began posting advice last year for people facing eviction during the pandemic, Mark Melton found himself inundated with phone calls and messages. “It became apparent really quickly that this was going to be too ...

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New York AG investigating Cuomo’s use of aides on book

ALBANY — New York’s attorney general is investigating whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo broke the law by having members of his staff help write and promote his pandemic leadership book. In a letter dated April 13, made public Monday, state Comptroller ...

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