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Due diligence and compliance challenges require flexible approaches and creative solutions. In “Practical Tips for Managing Environmental Issues During the Coronavirus Pandemic,” colleagues Sheila McCafferty Harvey and Reza Zarghamee discuss how proactive and creative compliance strategies, and effective strategies to document parties’ efforts to comply with existing obligations, can help hedge against transactional and compliance risks.

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Please join us April 8, 2020, for an Industry Insights webinar series designed to help clients spot issues, mitigate risk and navigate challenges specific to their industry.

During this webinar Anna Graves, Carrie Bonnington and Paula Weber will discuss the restaurant, food & beverage industry with a focus on helping restaurant owners, operators and investors, as well as vendors and suppliers, address business issues relating to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

This 45-minute conversation will cover:

  • Employment Decisions and Issues
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • CARES Act Stimulus Bill
  • Alcohol Beverage Law Temporary Relief
  • Q&A

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REITs have several options to defer required dividend distributions through the current year and even significantly into next year (although at a potential cost), and the use of combined cash and stock distributions may greatly reduce a REIT’s cash outlay for dividend distributions. In “COVID-19 Impacts on REITs and Mitigation Strategies,” colleagues Robert S. LoganBrian M. Blum and Peter J. Elias address how REITs need to be sensitive to the consequences of acts taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on their compliance with the REIT tests under the tax laws.

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The impact of COVID-19 on construction projects continues to evolve as an increasing number of are issuing orders suspending construction. While complying with obligations in the face of a project being shut down, parties should not lose sight of actions that will best position them when construction resumes. In “So the Government Shut Down Your Construction Project—What Next? colleagues Matthew Stockwell and Laura Bourgeois LoBue discuss the legal issues that may come into play in the event of a COVID-related shutdown.

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The Act represents the third legislative attempt to address the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In “CARES Act Provides Tax Deferral and Refund Opportunities,” colleagues  Brian M. Blum and Harsha Reddy address that many of these provisions provide taxpayers with liquidity benefits by providing cash payments, pushing back tax payment dates and reducing current and prior year tax liabilities.

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An increasing number of States—now numbering 23, as well as the District of Columbia and many counties and cities, are now subject to Executive Orders restricting activity of non-essential businesses. In “Numerous Jurisdictions Have Now Issued COVID-19 Orders Impacting Government Contractors,” colleagues John E. JensenAlex D. TomaszczukMarques O. Peterson and Robert Starling discuss how the Varied Executive Orders, in increasing numbers, have closed nonessential businesses and services across the country, with a variety of implications for government contractors.

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The global effect of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is still unknown, and the progress of many large-scale construction projects has been affected by “Shelter in Place” orders, although some states and localities have classified construction projects as “essential.” Just last Friday, New York shut down all construction, with few exceptions.

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Maryland Governor mandates the closure of all nonessential businesses to combat COVID-19 stopping short of implementing a “shelter-in-place” order. Willful violation of the order can result in both imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $5,000. In “Maryland Extends COVID-19 Closures to Nonessential Businesses,” colleagues Brian E. Finch and Stephanie T. Rosenberg note that while businesses must be closed to the general public, staff access is permitted for purposes specified in interpretive guidance No. COVID19-06 (i.e., maintaining essential property).

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In New Jersey, local mandates and regulations regarding COVID-19 are prohibited by New Jersey Executive Order No. 108. This represents a significant diversion from other states badly hit by COVID-19, including New York and California. In “New Jersey State and Local COVID-19 Orders,” colleagues Brian E. FinchMargaret Beale-Wirsing and Michelle A. Herrera address that companies doing business in New Jersey should reference the State’s uniform response to COVID-19 and be aware that the uniform response may have a disparate impact on different geographical regions.

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Please join us April 7, 2020, for an Industry Insights webinar series designed to help clients spot issues, mitigate risk and navigate challenges specific to their industry.

During this webinar Christian Salaman, David Klein and Paul Shapses will discuss the hotel and hospitality industry with a focus on helping hotel owners and operators, and developers and lenders address ongoing developments pertaining to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

This 45-minute conversation will cover:

  • Short- and long-term approaches to consider for dealing with low occupancy and declining operating revenue
  • Financial issues specific to industry loans
  • Insurance coverage in the context of the hotel & hospitality industry
  • Insurance-related litigation outlook
  • Q&A

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