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  • Legal Alerts
    |April 20, 2021

    On April 19, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and of the State of New York Janet DiFiore released a message to the legal community announcing the New York State Unified Court System’s plans for returning to full staffing levels. In the announcement, Chief Judge DiFiore stated that, effective Monday, May 24, all judges and court staff will be required to return to work, noting, “It is time to return to our normal and full courthouse staffing levels in order to support the fuller resumption of in-person operations, including jury trials and other proceedings in our courts.”

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  • News
    |April 20, 2021

    Atlanta Partner Jonathan Goins will speak virtually at the Black In-House Counsel Network’s Regional Summit Series on April 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Mr. Goins’ panel will address strategies for policing and enforcing trademark and anti-counterfeiting issues, especially given the proliferation of social media and online advertising.

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  • Blogs
    |April 20, 2021

    On March 29, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Florida Statute 768.38, granting significant protections to business entities, educational institutions, governmental entities, and religious institutions from claims related to COVID-19 if they made a good faith effort to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The new law aims to dissuade the filing of meritless claims for damages allegedly due to COVID-19 exposure in a few key ways.

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  • News
    |April 19, 2021

    Speaking with office and practice leadership, the legal media recently covered Lewis Brisbois’ hiring of two Workers' Compensation Practice partners, Keith Howell and Jeffrey Novell, who have joined the firm’s Tampa office.

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  • Legal Alerts
    |April 19, 2021

    On Saturday, April 17, the Small Business Administration (SBA) activated a new website and released a sample application form for the Restaurant Revitalization Act grant program established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Although applications are not yet being accepted, the limited funding available for this tax-free grant program and its first-come-first-served approach mean that applicants should lose no time in completing the new form so they can submit it at the earliest possible opportunity.

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  • News
    |April 16, 2021

    Portland Partner and Chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Sean B. Hoar has been named by Cybersecurity Docket to the 2021 “Incident Response 40” list, which features “the 40 best data breach response lawyers in the business.”

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  • News
    |April 16, 2021

    New York Partner Alecia Walters-Hinds will join a panel discussion titled “A Brave New World in Dram Shop Litigation,” on May 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET. This virtual panel will cover a variety of topics related to dram shop litigation, including common misconceptions of jurors, juror reactions to key liability issues, and the impact of expert testimony.

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  • Blogs
    |April 16, 2021

    Joining other states on the marijuana bandwagon (most recently, New Jersey), New York has officially legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. The Cannabis/Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), signed by Governor Cuomo on March 31, 2021, allows adults to possess, purchase, display, obtain, and transport marijuana in limited quantities, effective immediately. Of note for employers, the MRTA creates a new protected employee class.

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  • News
    |April 15, 2021

    Fort Lauderdale Managing Partner Michael G. Platner will lead a virtual “Going Forward” workshop on April 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET. During this one-hour session, nationally respected M&A professionals from Lewis Brisbois, Northern Trust, H.I.G. WhiteHorse Capital, and Marcum will have a fast paced, fact packed discussion of key issues facing private business owners as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic into the heated up 2021 economy.

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  • News
    |April 14, 2021

    Atlanta Partner Bert Hummel recently authored two articles for publications issued by the State Bar of Georgia - “YLD Poll Worker Program Addresses Critical Need,” which was published in the Georgia Bar Journal, and “YLD Raises the Bar for Public Service During COVID Crisis,” which was published in The YLD Review.

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  • News
    |April 14, 2021

    Lewis Brisbois is pleased to announce the addition of Keith S. Howell and Jeffrey M. Novell to its Tampa office as partners in its Workers’ Compensation Practice. Mr. Howell has extensive experience in all aspects of trial practice, and focuses on workers’ compensation defense, general liability defense, and commercial litigation. Mr. Novell has spent over two decades focusing on workers’ compensation defense and employment litigation matters.

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  • News
    |April 13, 2021

    Lewis Brisbois is pleased to present the second installment of its 2021 Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Webinar Series, titled “Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack,” on April 29, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Partners Lauren D. Godfrey, Kamran Salour, and Kevin W. Yoegel will deliver a deep dive into the ever-evolving landscape of ransomware attacks.

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  • Legal Alerts
    |April 13, 2021

    On March 23, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1480 into law, amending the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) by restricting the use of criminal conviction records. The IHRA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, national citizenship status, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, military status, order of protection status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. A covered employer is now required to follow certain procedures, including engaging in an interactive process with the applicant or employee, if it seeks to disqualify the individual based on a record of criminal conviction.

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  • News
    |April 12, 2021

    New York Partner Shawn Choudhury was recently interviewed by the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) for its Member Spotlight Interview series, in which he discussed his career, including how being a lawyer of South Asian descent has impacted his professional life.

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