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CARES Act Loans: An Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program

March 31, 2020

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the highly anticipated Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the…

Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania School and Non-Life-Sustaining Business Closure “Until Further Notice”

March 30, 2020

On March 30, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on his website that “all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until…

Force Majeure and Impossibility in the Context of Commercial Lease Obligations

March 30, 2020

In the wake of coronavirus, there undoubtedly will be hundreds, if not thousands, of commercial tenants who seek relief from…

M/V GOLDEN RAY: Deviating from an OPA 90 Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan

March 30, 2020

The M/V GOLDEN RAY capsized and grounded in St. Simons Sound on September 8, 2019 in an environmentally sensitive area….

$73M Judgment in Maritime Case Upheld by SCOTUS

March 30, 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision yesterday, March 30, 2020, on a major issue of importance…

WARN Obligations In Light of COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Numerous states are issuing orders requiring all non-life sustaining businesses to cease operations in order to limit the spread of…

CARES Act Provisions Impacting Retirement Plans

March 27, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25th, the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed by a unanimous Senate…

Pirates Old and New Appear Before the US Supreme Court

March 27, 2020

In a case involving a modern form of piracy, the US Supreme Court handed down a decision last week involving…

Ocean Carriers Seek Emergency Anti-Trust Immunity

March 27, 2020

On March 23, 2020, Crowley Liner Services, Seaboard Marine, and King Ocean filed an Emergency Cooperative Working Agreement with the…

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Additional Guidance Regarding Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the FFCRA

March 26, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) released new guidance on the notice requirements under the…

Get Ready to Confront the Force (Majeure)

March 26, 2020

The maritime industry is awash with contracts that have a force majeure clause. It is understandable in an industry that…

Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Constitute A Material Adverse Change for Purposes of Merger and Acquisition Agreements?

March 26, 2020

You signed a non-binding letter of intent with a target company in June 2019. You spent the next five or…

IRS Explains Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Payroll Tax Credits

March 25, 2020

Implementing the business tax relief provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed March 18, 2020 by President Donald…

Federal Maritime Commission and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration COVID-19 Update

March 25, 2020

On both the federal and local level, US government agencies continue to recognize that the transportation, shipping, and logistics service…

Delaware Governor Signs Stay at Home Order to Confront the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

March 23, 2020

On March 22, 2020, and consistent with surrounding states, Delaware Governor John C. Carney issued a “Stay-at-Home Order” to enhance…

IRS Responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19) by Moving Tax Day to July 15

March 23, 2020

Superseding earlier guidance to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in a Notice that anyone facing income tax filing and payment…

COVID-19 Relief Fund Created to Assist Philadelphia’s Small Businesses

March 23, 2020

City officials announced today that they have partnered with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) to create a fund for…

New Guidance Issued by the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service for Employers Regarding FFCRA Paid Leave and Available Tax Credits

March 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published two new resources on employee paid leave and employer requirements under the recently-passed…

Business Interruption Coverage for First-Party Losses Caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

March 23, 2020

Shelter-in place orders, responsible social distancing directives, curfews, closure orders, and contamination will have an impact on businesses – especially…

UPDATE: PA Suspends Certain Medical Marijuana Regulations During COVID-19 Emergency

March 23, 2020

As an update our previous alert, on March 20, 2020, the Pennsylvania Office of Medical Marijuana temporarily suspended the following…