Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, attorneys have gradually assimilated to working remotely from home. It seems like every week, we encounter a litany of new challenges that we must tackle gracefully and professionally. In the midst of working in our newly established Wi-Fi silos, one other annoyance that we cannot seem to get rid of is the ubiquitous phishing emails that...Read More
On April 30, 2020, J. Marks and the New York Unified Court System issued an Order which allows the filing of opposition and reply papers on pending motions, as well as new motions on pending cases, effective this coming Monday, May 4, 2020. Hopefully, this Order represents the first step in resuming some degree of normalcy in the New York Court system. The Order does not allow for filings...Read More
COVID-19’s impact has reverberated through almost every aspect of American life. The impact has been political, social, and economic. For businesses deemed “non-essential,” such as restaurants, hair salons, and gyms, the impact has been felt even greater. Governmental authorities on the national, state, and local levels have implemented various “stay at home” orders. These orders have, in...Read More
On March 25, 2020, Hooters laid off 679 employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on its business. In a March 26, 2020 statement Hooters explained: “With our dining rooms closed and revenues more than halved, we and our franchisees have had no alternative but to dramatically reduce the size of our work force in response.”
These layoffs resulted in a April 16, 2020, class action lawsuit...Read More
A famous Chicago restaurant chain, Billy Goat Tavern, filed a class-action lawsuit against their insurer, Society Insurance, for wrongfully denied business income coverage due to the Coronavirus crisis. The original Billy Goat tavern became nationally known for inspiring the 1978 Saturday Night Live sketch “Olympia Café”. While there has already been a flood of Coronavirus related litigation...Read More
In Dembele v 373-381 Pas Assoc LLC, the Appellate Division, First Department addressed whether the defendants – restaurant and landowner had an obligation to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk abutting the property.
The Bronx County Supreme Court granted the defendant and third-party defendants summary judgment motion on the basis that they did not have a duty to remove the snow and ice on...Read More
The nationwide wave of insurance coverage litigation in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has made its way to New York. On April 17, on behalf of a similarly situated class, Gio Pizzeria & Bar Hospitality and Gio Pizzeria Boca filed suit in the Southern District of New York against Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London. The class action was brought on behalf of all insureds who were...Read More
Assuming New Jersey has the healthcare infrastructure, including broad-scale testing, Governor Murphy believes that New Jersey may be open for business in June or July of 2020.
Governor Murphy acknowledged that the curve of cases in New Jersey is “undeniably now flattening” after weeks of strict lockdown orders including the closing of all public parks in the State. However, the “house is...Read More