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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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

COVID-19 and Force Majeure: How to Handle Existing Contractual Liabilities and Enter into New Contracts
Ellex Klavins, March 2020

Force Majeure clauses are used in many contracts in the most diverse business areas. These contractual provisions are rarely invoked in practice in Latvia, as the parties usually do not face any circumstances that could qualify as Force Majeure...

How will the COVID-19 Outbreak Affect my Ongoing Arbitration
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

Thousands of disputes are dealt with by way of international arbitration every year and it is inevitable that when most countries started introducing social distancing measures, a number of arbitrations were either part heard or just about to start and will have been derailed, at least to some extent...

Leasing Considerations During COVID-19 Pandemic
Dykema, March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a wide-ranging impact on the U.S. real estate industry, particularly on the relationship between landlords and tenants. In order to better understand impending risks, both landlords and tenants should review their leases and insurance policies and consult real estate counsel before taking action. A sampling of leasing issues arising during the COVID-19 pandemic is set forth below...

Coronavirus: Buying and Selling Property in Times of Social Distancing
PLMJ, March 2020

There is expected to be a natural slowdown in the completion of real estate transactions in the coming weeks/months. The more immediate effects of the current situation, and of the administrative measures that continue to be adopted to control the pandemic, are especially reflected in relationships that have already been established...

Coronavirus: Impact on Town Planning Procedures
PLMJ, March 2020

In this context, general measures have been established that may have an impact on planning procedures that are underway and on town planning management decisions already issued...

Arbitration in the Time of COVID-19. The Romanian Perspective
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, March 2020

Amid the spread of COVID-19, the Romanian President decreed a state of national emergency in Romania, with express measures to be taken in the justice system. Although the Decree does not refer to arbitration, the state of national emergency and the need of social distancing inevitably impact it as well...

Big Questions, and Even Bigger Answers, About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2020

When Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("CRA"), it left much for the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") to explain. The DOL has started offering vital interpretations employers need to consider in making decisions over the next few weeks. 1.         When does the CRA become effective? April 1, 2020. 2...

COVID-19 and Force Majeure
Makarim & Taira S., March 2020

COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly around the globe, including Indonesia. Consequently, on 12 March 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Due to this pandemic, many businesses and factories are temporarily closed causing critical implications for businesses, both international and domestic...

Eviction on Touristic Housing is Banned During Isolation Period
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

According to Decree 93, on March 25, 2020 the Mayor of Bogota urged the providers of touristic housing, meaning any person that grants the use over any kind real estate property in exchange for a price such as the managers of hotels or hostels, to refrain from evicting users under vulnerable conditions in case of default...

Relevant Aspects of the Enforcement of Commercial Contracts in Chile in Cases of Non-Compliance Resulting from COVID-19 Outbreak
Carey, March 2020

We foresee that, as a result of the current situation of the Covid-19 outbreak in Chile, there may be a significant increase in breaches to the obligations set forth in commercial contracts, under the argument of force majeure...

Oh, and One More Thing, Cybersecurity: A COVID-19 Checklist
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

As if businesses did not have enough to worry about during this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s times like these when cybersecurity risk is at its peak. Distracted employees may be psychologically vulnerable to attack, and shifting quickly and unexpectedly to a remote workforce can create technology and control risks. It’s a perfect storm for cyber risk...

“Flattening the Curve” of Post-Pandemic Disputes
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Justice systems around the world will soon be exposed to the same pressure as is currently crushing healthcare systems in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. What can judges and advocates doto “flatten the curve” and increase the resilience of the justice system as it awaits the post-pandemic wave of disputes? Healthcare systems around the globe are wobbling, and in some states collapsing under atsunami of Covid-19 cases...

COVID-19 State of Emergency Conditions in the Czech Republic
Kocian Solc Balastik, March 2020

State of Emergency Conditions What does "state of emergency" actually meanand what are the powers of the Government in the regard? Can someone claim damages incurred in relation to the state of emergency? State of Emergency With effect from 12 March 2020 at 2 pm, the Government of the Czech Republic (the “Government”) has declared astate of emergency for 30 daysfor the territory of the Czech Republic due to health threats related to the presence of coronavirus in the

Building and Construction: What the COVID-19 Lockdown Means for You
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2020

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March, New Zealand will be at ‘Alert Level 4’ of the country’s pandemic response plan seeking to limit the spread of COVID-19. Only ‘essential services’ will remain open and operational for the next 4 weeks, at least. Many in the construction industry have prepared their workplace for a potential lockdown...

COVID-19 and Global Issues: A Contrarian's Solution to Construction Contracts?
Lawson Lundell LLP, March 2020

  For consideration by owners, contractors, suppliers, and project teams towards solutions on current and/or future projects. Global pandemic.  Oil trade war. Volatile FX Markets.  Market collapse?  East African locusts.  All of these global issues, and potentially others, will impact existing and new construction projects in Canada and the world over the coming months. However, a delay to a project does not always mean the project will inevitably cost more...

Chilean Government Announces New Measures and how Chilean Courts of Law will be Operating Due to COVID-19
Carey, March 2020

Chilean goverment announces new measures in the face of COVID-19 pandemic By Ignacio Gillmore and José Ignacio Mercado   Regarding the State of Catastrophe and sanitary alert decreed in Chile in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Sunday 22 March 2020, the Chilean Government announced the following 12 measures: Strict quarantine for the extreme-South city of Puerto Williams (except for essential cargo freighting)...

A ‘Healthy’ Approach to Possible Commercial Lease Defaults in the Age of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Verrill, March 2020

As COVID-19 cases mount across the country, the inability to perform commercial lease obligations due to unforeseen circumstances has moved to the forefront. In contract-speak, unforeseen circumstances that lead to non-performance by a party are known as “force majeure” events...

Construction to Continue For Now Following Governor Newsom’s "Stay at Home" Order
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

  On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom and the Director of the California Department of Public Health ordered all Californians to stay home, “except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” The order provides that the State Public Health Officer “[m]ay designate additional sectors as critical in order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians...

UPDATED: Important Shelter-in-Place Exceptions for Some Construction Activities
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

Many jurisdictions in Northern California and throughout the State have ordered individuals who live in those communities to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, all businesses except for “Essential Businesses” have been ordered to close. Certain construction activities, however, are exempt from the Shelter-in-Place orders, including housing projects and public works...

COVID-19: Update on Law Decree No. 18 of 17 March 2020 Tax Support Measures
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, March 2020

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