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Written by: Jacob Raehn, Esq. In the final days of summer, Federal District Courts from every corner of The United States have laid down orders both for, and mostly against, allowing plaintiffs’ COVID-19 business interruption claims to continue against their insurers. Thus, making the “unprecedented times” we are living in a thing of the recent past – at least when it comes to a roadmap for determining how courts

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. On September 15, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued another COVID-19 related Executive Order with significant impact on Long-Term Care Facilities, including nursing facilities and assisted living communities. This Executive Order expressly incorporated the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Administrative Order providing guidance to Long-Term Care Facilities regarding reopening. This guidance is based on phases and addresses a variety

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. Each year, the State Department uses a lottery system to select visa recipients from a broad array of countries that are underrepresented in the United States. In April, President Trump banned diversity visa (DV) recipients from entering the country.  However, a federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas on September 5. As a background, the Diversity Visa Program was enacted

Written by: John Parkerson, Esq. and Fanny Chac The U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") has a responsibility to encourage importers to comply with U.S. laws and regulations and to help protect American consumers from harmful products.[1]  On July 15, 2020, CBP imposed a Withhold Release Order ("WRO") on the subsidiaries of the world’s largest medical glove maker, Malaysian Top Glove Corp. Bhd due to suspected forced labor.[2]  This

Hall Booth Smith international business attorney John Parkerson has been working with Pendleton Group and Global Atlanta to bring together local and international leaders for interactive, topical Zoom discussions on how communities can recast their global engagement in the "new abnormal" of the post-COVID world.  Thus far, the group has hosted four by-invitation-only sessions, each moderated by Trevor Williams of Global Atlanta.  Invitees include stakeholders working to enhance

Written by: Sandro Stojanovic, Esq. The Georgia Board of Dentistry ("the Board") recently issued a position statement regarding guidelines for re-opening of dental offices in light of Covid-19 issues. First, the Board requires each dental office to follow the: 1) Critical Infrastructure Guidelines, 2) American Dental Association’s (ADA) Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission, and 3) ADA Interim Mask and Face Shield guidelines. The Board also reminds

Written by: Jacqueline Voronov, Esq. and Jeffrey M. Daitz, Esq. In a very pro-employee ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down four (4) key provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) regulations implementing the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  The August 3, 2020 ruling came down in a lawsuit filed by the State of New

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/phased-resumption-routine-visa-services.html The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As global conditions evolve, U.S. Embassies and Consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services. The resumption of routine visa services will occur on a post-by-post basis. However, the Department of State is unable to provide a specific date for when each mission will resume

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Leesa M. Guarnotta, Esq. As Georgia continues to reopen, the Georgia General Assembly’s recent passage of Senate Bill 359, known as the “Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act” (the “Safety Act”) will provide relief to individuals and entities concerned with possible liability associated with the transmission of and potential exposure to COVID-19. Notably, the Act expressly provides immunity to skilled nursing facilities,

Written by Duane L Cochenour, Esq. and Caitlin E. Correa, Esq. Hundreds of declaratory judgment actions have been filed across the country seeking business interruption coverage for shutting down businesses due to the coronavirus. It is shaping up as one of the biggest coverage battles in years with billions of dollars of losses at stake. On July 1st, a Michigan Circuit Court issued the first ruling in any of