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COVID-19

908 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Can companies be held liable when their employees fall ill with the coronavirus?

Companies across the country have shuttered operations, required employees to work remotely and limited services and business hours. As these companies face an uncertain financial future, they also face the possibility that their workers will contract the coronavirus and hold them accountable for not putting proper protections in place.

ICE halts most immigration enforcement, more courts close amid COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is cutting back arrests as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge defies order to delay hearings, denies issuing warrants for no-shows

“Not everyone watches the news, and I wanted to be here and have the hearings for those that showed up,” Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr said.

As COVID-19 mandates virtual law classes, nonprofit creates list of volunteer online speakers

If you have any interest in being a guest law school speaker, now is the time, provided that you’re comfortable doing it online.

7 types of tech tools to help lawyers set up virtual offices

Outbreaks of disease have shuttered the Supreme Court going back more than 2 centuries

When the U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that its March sitting of oral arguments would be postponed “in keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19,” the statement included some historical references for support—going back as far as 227 years ago.

Lawsuits over coronavirus quarantines are unlikely to succeed, experts say

Lawsuits challenging COVID-19 quarantines and restrictions on public gatherings may be doomed to failure. Experts said the government has broad powers to handle a public health crisis.

Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw sex bias suit may be resolved; US judiciary seeks $7M for COVID-19 impact

Secretary’s BigLaw sex bias suit apparently resolved

A former legal secretary at Troutman Sanders who claimed she was sexually harassed by a partner at Troutman Sanders has apparently resolved her…

Lawyers are supposed to plan for the worst, so how can you ease COVID-19 anxiety?

Are you someone who rarely, if ever, calls friends just to catch up? If you prefer texting to spontaneous small talk, you might want to rethink things—especially now.

More than 50 law firms require or allow work from home because of COVID-19 concerns

The number of law firms requiring or encouraging work at home is growing larger by the day.

BigLaw merger delayed because of COVID-19 challenges

Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have announced they will delay their merger until July 1 because of the “unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.”

Execution halted after lawyer argues it could spread coronavirus

The highest criminal appeals court in Texas delayed the execution of a Texas inmate on Monday after his lawyer argued that gathering so many people could create a risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.

An American health care lawyer’s perspective on the emergence of COVID-19

We knew this year was going to be an especially bad one for the flu. In its November 2019 issue, Scientific American, one of the country's leading science publications, included a twenty-page article titled "The Influenza Outlook", which highlighted the escalating threat of influenza for the year 2020. Unfortunately, at present, the emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus makes the flu pale by comparison.

A slew of federal and state courts suspend trials or close for coronavirus threat

The number of federal and state courts taking steps to thwart transmission of the novel coronavirus continues to grow. More than 25 federal district courts are pausing jury trials, following a trend that is still gaining ground in state courts.

Afternoon Briefs: Mueller indictment of Russian firms tossed; ex-juvenile delinquent now a lawyer

Judge tosses indictment of Russian firms at prosecutors’ request

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich granted prosecutors’ request Monday to toss an indictment against two Russian companies accused of…

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