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COVID-19 Webinars Presented by Editors of the Blog

On April 17, 2020, Stephen Younger, Muhammad Faridi, and Timothy Smith presented a webinar for the Practicing Law Institute titled “COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Transactions and Disputes.” This one-hour program addressed the legal challenges that many businesses may be facing in the wake of the pandemic.  Muhammad and Tim discussed the statutory and common law defenses that might apply when it has or will become impracticable or impossible for a party to perform its contractual obligations. Then, Steve discussed how the pandemic might implicate “Material Adverse Change” provisions, which are often contained in acquisition and financing agreements. The panelists also fielded several questions from those viewing the webinar. The program is currently available on the Practicing Law Institute’s website.

On May 11, 2020 at 12:30 p.m., Stephen Younger and Muhammad Faridi will be speaking on a panel titled “Lessons Learned from the 1918 Pandemic,” which will be presented by the Historical Society of the New York Courts and Patterson Belknap.  The webinar will cover the historical and legal framework of the Spanish Flu and how it relates to today’s COVID-19 crisis. The program will be structured as a conversation moderated by Steve Younger. Steve will begin by talking with Sandra Opdycke, author of The Flu Epidemic of 1918, who will look back at how the 1918 epidemic evolved and will discuss varying government responses to the 1918 disaster.  Next, Ernest Abbott, former General Counsel of FEMA, will speak about state and federal government powers to respond to pandemics like the 1918 crisis, such as by issuing quarantine orders and addressing supply chain difficulties. Finally, Muhammed Faridi will discuss a series of court cases decided as a result of the 1918 pandemic, focusing on issues like how courts addressed the impossibility doctrine. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session through emailed questions.

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