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While Courts have Suspended Activity, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, Supreme Court of justice, in Romania, Continues its Deliberations and Determinations on Procedural Points of Law
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, March 2020

Note on how the national courts will reason upon the requests for additional evidences in appeal when the Suspension of civil procedures due to COVID-19 crisis will cease and the activity in courts will be resumed. Good news from the High Court of Romania! Even though most of the civil cases are suspendedex officiothroughout the state of emergency instated by the Decree no. 195/16.03...

Coronavirus: Impact on Insurance
PLMJ, March 2020

The Coronavirus, COVID-19 has raised numerous important legal issues. However, one issue has assumed an even higher profile with the recent classification of the virus as a pandemic. This is the question of what claims can be made under the different insurance products on the market to cope with the losses, whether direct or indirect, that Portuguese businesses have been facing...

How is the SIC Working at the Moment?
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

In recent days, COVID-19 has been the greatest destabilizer worldwide. The World Health Organization defines coronavirus as an extensive family of viruses that cause respiratory infections that can range from common cold to serious health complications such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)...

A Guide to FEMA Public Assistance Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dykema, March 2020

Much like the Spring tornadoes that tear through the Midwest each year leaving damage in their wake, COVID-19 is silently tearing through the entire United States leaving a wake of destruction that has and will continue to affect state and local governmental entities for months, if not years, to come...

INVIMA Closes its Offices and Opens Virtual Channels
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Due to the preventive isolation order issued through Decree 457 of March 22nd, 2020 and the powers granted to INVIMA in the sense of guaranteeing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19, within the current state of Economic, Social and Ecological energency...

Updated Summary of the Paycheck Protection Program Established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Dykema, March 2020

The CARES Act has now been passed by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020. One of the highlights of the CARES Act for small businesses is the establishment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)...

INVIMA Issued List of Non-Available Vital Products for Care COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

INVIMA’s specialized board for Medical Devices and other technologies issued a list of declared as Non-Available Vital Products to attend the emergency arising from COVID-19, which means that the import and / or local distribution of said products will be allowed in Colombia without having a Marketing Authorization...

Q&A Regarding Procedures before the Chilean Public Health Institute and the Power to Set Prices for Certain Pharmaceutical Products, Medical Devices, Etc. is Established
Carey, March 2020

Q&A procedures before the Public Health Institute (ISP)   May I file for sanitary registrations? Requests for sanitary registrations for pharmaceutical products, cosmetics and others regulated, as well as for their modifications, may be filed for through the GICONA portal, and official tariffs shall be paid only through electronic transfer of funds...

AML/CFT Identity Verification during COVID-19 Lockdown
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2020

On Thursday 26 March 2020, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Financial Markets Authority and Department of Internal Affairs (together, the AML/CFT Supervisors) jointly released urgent guidance on how to comply with the verification requirements under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act) while New Zealand is subject to the COVID-19 Alert Levels and, in particular, the current national lockdown of Level 4 (COVID-19 Verification Gui

Bills of Law on Sanitary Matters, filed in the context of the current situation
Carey, March 2020

In the context of the current sanitary alert, several bills of law have been filed with Congress, seeking to regulate certain aspects associated to states of emergency and sanitary crises in particular.To such ends, the bills that stand out are:I. Bill prohibiting and penalizing price increases in the face of epidemics or pandemics:On Tuesday 17 March 2020, a bill was filed with the Lower Chamber (Newsletter 13...

Rent Abatement in the COVID-19 Level 4 Period
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2020

As businesses process the economic impacts of COVID-19, all options will need to be considered to get through New Zealand’s level 4 alert period – and beyond. For businesses that lease their premises, there may be relief available through a rent abatement. Some leases contain what is known as a “no access in an emergency” clause...

Data Security Matters, Even When Working from Home! Potential Risks and Key Tips
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is determining more and more businesses to “put the lock” on their offices. This means that a large number of employees all over the world have already been forced to set their homes as comfortable as possible to ensure an appropriate work environment...

Loans Affected by the Epidemic
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

In the new economic reality, businesses that took out loans may be asking themselves many questions. Will existing loans still be paid out? Will an expiring credit line be extended? And will the state of epidemic justify not repaying debt already incurred? COVID-19 and the related restrictions introduced overnight by country after country have shifted businesses into anew reality. Among the challenges is ensuring the continuity of bank financing and the capacity to repay existing debt...

The Usefulness of a Business Continuity Plan in Times of Crisis
SMS - San Martin, Suarez y Asociados, March 2020

Perhaps, one of the facts which creates the highest expectations among those of us who manage the second or third defense line is risk materialization. That is to say, for a risk to become an event and generate some kind of impact. And from there on, the possibility of verifying the effectiveness of the controls designed, the residual risk and feeding back the matrix...

Anti-Crisis Shield
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

The main points of the “Economic and social anti-crisis shield to protect businesses and employees in connection with the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic” was presented by the President, the Prime Minister, agroup of other ministers, and the president of the National Bank of Poland at apress conference on 18 March 2020...

Shoosmiths Launches Coronavirus Client Support Measures
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2020

UK law firm Shoosmiths has been mobilising its legal advisors and support staff to keep its clients up-to-date on the many potential impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Its free, online COVID-19 hub is already packed with a wealth of information on topics that might have both short and long-term effects on business...

Drug Exports in a Time of Pandemic
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

The Minister of Health is issuing successive anti-export lists covering an increasingly wide catalogue of products at risk of shortages. This is to ensure access to drugs and medical devices for patients in Poland, especially during the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Coronavirus: Exceptional and Temporary Measures Applicable to Court
PLMJ, March 2020

The international public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and the Portuguese authorities recently announced of a state of emergency across the country. Against this background, the authorities have been approving various packages of exceptional and temporary measures to respond to the spread of the virus...

Decisions Taken Remotely by Company Bodies
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Among many problems facing businesses now is efficient management and decision-making when members of the company’s governing bodies cannot appear in person at headquarters for various reasons. Technology ensures efficient communications, but the possibility for corporate bodies to take resolutions remotely has been debatable in some situations...

As Employers Work Towards Compliance, The Department of Labor Provides Third Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
Dykema, March 2020

It seems the DOL has stopped sleeping these days, but that means more guidance for employers. In itsQs&As 38-59interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), the DOL shed light on the small business exemption, employees who can be exempted for the FFCRA leave provisions, and the interplay of the FFCRA and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FFCRA takes effect on April 1, 2020, so this guidance is, in a word, timely. Here are some highlights...

Shopping-Centre Leases and the Retail Ban
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

In the tough times of battling the coronavirus, many tenants are seeking ways to reduce their rent, release themselves from the obligation to pay rent, or avoid other obligations under their existing leases...

Coronavirus: Impact on Intellectual Property
PLMJ, March 2020

In some areas, intellectual property will experience a period of slowdown in activity, at least in the near future. We look at this in more detail below. However, this does not mean mandatory registration of industrial property will come to a halt because, with many bodies, including the Portuguese INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property), registration is done online...

Possible Reduction of Income Tax Advances
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

A system for supporting taxpayers struggling with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is being developed at the government level and will probably soon take effect. But taxpayers in difficulty may already draw on existing support instruments. One of them is reduction of income tax advances...

State of Illinois and City of Chicago Offer Businesses Additional Coronavirus Relief as Loans and Grants
Dykema, March 2020

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (the Department) and the City of Chicago (the City) are providing emergency assistance for Illinois small businesses. These grants and loans are separate from incentives and programs being offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Information about the programs and how to apply is set forth below...

Litigation Financing in Times of Pandemic
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

One of the more serious consequences of the pandemic will be awave of business litigation. However, strong arguments and credible evidence are not enough to win adispute. It also takes resources to pursue alawsuit, and soon that may be particularly difficult to come by. The whole economy under pressure is preparing for the consequences of the pandemic and drastic steps taken by states to combat it...



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