At Patterson Belknap we continue to diligently monitor the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus and assess the potential legal and business issues that may arise relating to the virus. We are closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds, and share our latest perspectives on the legal issues relating to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, restricting mobility and forcing federal, state and local governments to implement increasingly aggressive measures to curtail the spread of the virus. We have set forth below just some of the pertinent issues to consider.
The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is among the most devastating and disruptive forces in recent history, with, as of the writing of this article, tens of thousands of cases confirmed worldwide. In an effort to curb the outbreak, governments have introduced various emergency measures, including travel restrictions, curfews, bans on public gatherings, and mandatory quarantines.
The recent outbreak of 2019-nCOV, a flu-like respiratory illness better known as the Coronavirus, is causing employers to ready themselves for a variety of responses to the spread of the virus.
Recent market volatility and the public health implications of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been unsettling. It can be stabilizing in turbulent times to take a deep breath, focus on long-term planning strategies and goals, and assess whether there might be new opportunities to enhance your estate plan.
Over the last few days, Judge Lawrence K. Marks, the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Unified Court System, issued two memoranda bearing on COVID-19’s effect on the Commercial Division.
Patterson Belknap attorneys secured an unprecedented settlement relating to the death of an inmate with mental illness who died on April 13, 2015 at the Sullivan Correctional Facility, a New York State prison: $5 million for his estate, which is nearly three times the largest settlement for an inmate death in New York State history, and an agreement from the New York State Department of Corrections to install comprehensive video and audio recording equipment throughout the prison.
On February 6, 2020, the Firm secured duty-free treatment for a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company's subsidiary for an HIV drug. The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled that the drug, which comes from Ireland and Switzerland, should enter the U.S. duty-free because the drug fits within the criteria of the pharmaceutical appendix to the U.S. tariff code that allows certain drugs to enter the U.S. without duty payment.
In December 2019, Patterson Belknap filed an amicus brief on behalf of The Credit Roundtable related to the Neiman Marcus debt restructuring.
Managing Partner and Co-Chair Lisa E. Cleary was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of its 2020 Notable Women in Law, a list comprising 100 “dedicated, gifted and determined female lawyers” practicing in New York City.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2020, Rachel B. Sherman and Edward H. Smoot will become partners of the Firm, and Abhishek Bapna, Craig W. Dent, Maren J. Messing, Lauren Simpson, and Amy N. Vegari will become counsel.
On November 13, 2019, the Firm scored a major victory for our client, a global pharmaceutical company, when the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s summary judgment ruling in a long-running civil RICO case.
The Firm was honored as one of the recipients of The Legal Aid Society’s 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. In addition, Karen R. Berry, Lorri Emanu, Eugene M. Gelernter, and Lisa Wang were honored for providing exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers.
Litigation partner Jonah M. Knobler has been named a “2019 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.
On October 1, 2019, the Firm scored a significant victory when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that a New York law requiring tax-exempt organizations to disclose certain donors is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment.