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Jury duty? No thanks, say many, forcing trials to be delayed

The Schmidt family, from, left, Heather Schmidt, her husband Nicholas Philbrook, son Andrew, 4, father Raymond and daughter Ava interact in their backyard, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Camarillo, Calif. Philbrook and his wife have been trying to convince court officials that he should be excused from jury duty because her father, a cancer survivor with diabetes, lives with them. But court officials told him that is not a valid reason and he must appear in court in early December. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Jury duty notices have set Nicholas Philbrook’s home on edge with worries about him contracting the coronavirus and passing it on to his father-in-law, a cancer survivor with diabetes in his mid-70s who is at higher risk ...

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Legal experts note pandemic presence in every business deal

Katarina Polozie

The COVID-19 pandemic is playing a role in significant changes a business may be considering, from completing a merger or acquisition to buying out a business partner. Katarina Polozie, a partner in the business and finance department at Woods Oviatt Gilman ...

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Judge considers challenge to CDC order halting evictions

ATLANTA — A federal judge in Atlanta is weighing a challenge to a Trump administration directive that halts the eviction of certain renters through the end of the year in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. ...

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Landlords are getting squeezed between tenants and lenders

Real estate investor Shad Elia poses outside one of his properties as tenant Krystal Dingler walks her dog, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Haverhill, Mass. Seven months after the pandemic began, landlords face an even more uncertain future. Elia says government stimulus benefits have allowed his hard-hit tenants to continue to pay rent. But now that those benefits have expired, tenants are falling behind on their payments, and Elia wonders how much longer his lenders will cut him slack. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

NEW YORK — When it comes to sympathetic figures, landlords aren’t exactly at the top of the list. But they, too, have fallen on hard times, demonstrating how the coronavirus outbreak spares almost no one. Take Shad Elia, who owns ...

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Wisconsin judge upholds mask order for enclosed spaces

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge on Monday allowed the state’s mask mandate to stand, rejecting an attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislature and a conservative law firm to overturn it, even as cases are spiking. The judge noted in his ...

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Federal judge: IRS can’t keep coronavirus money from inmates

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge says the IRS can’t keep withholding coronavirus relief payments from incarcerated people, potentially clearing the way for at least 80,000 checks totaling more than $100 million to be sent to people behind bars across ...

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Lenders much prefer mortgage solutions over foreclosure

Real Estate Home Foreclosure Legal Notice And Keys

New York’s moratorium on residential foreclosures has been extended through the end of 2020, meaning borrowers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic have extra time to remedy past-due mortgages. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the extension will ...

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Judge: Pennsylvania’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional

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

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, who was appointed ...

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