With so much information, so many decisions and so little time to address issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic, you need help at your fingertips.  Below are our most recent updates and a directory of Pierce Atwood COVID-19 attorneys who are knowledgeable on the various questions and challenges you may be confronting.

We will continue to add information about specific topics so please check back when you can.

Please contact your principal attorney at Pierce Atwood or one of the attorneys in the directory for immediate assistance.

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Please click on an attorney name to be directed to their bio which includes full contact information. 

Subject Matter
Attorney(s)

COVID-19 Financing Programs and Capital Access

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Chris Howard

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Chris Howard

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Chris Howard
Katy Rand
Andrea Suter

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Chris Howard

Employment

Communications to employees

Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

ERISA/Employment Benefits

Brooks Magratten

Family Medical Leave

Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Furloughing employees

Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Notification of employees, patients, clients, public of positive test results

Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Paid and unpaid leave for employees

Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Pay during work at home

Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Chris Howard
Katy Rand
Andrea Suter

Payroll tax credits

Jonathan Block
Rob Ravenelle

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution in construction/commercial contracts

John Bulman
Tom Dunn
Jeff Francis
Chris Whitney

Strategies for arbitration and mediation without in-person proceedings

Jeff Francis
Don Frederico

Benefits/Charities

Benefits fraud

Kathleen Hamann

Due diligence on charities/charitable giving fraud

Kathleen Hamann

Business Litigation

Investor suits, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and company disclosure obligations; litigation concerning mergers & acquisitions and financing transactions; commercial disputes based on business torts and statutory or contractual obligations

Melanie Conroy
Jeff Francis
Mark Rosen

Consumer Litigation

Consumer demands under unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes, including for event cancellation and service disruptions

Melanie Conroy
Don Frederico

Debt collection and consumer finance litigation, especially with temporary collection suspensions by state governments and debt forgiveness proposals

Melanie Conroy
Don Frederico

Evaluating the applicability and enforceability of arbitration and class action waiver provisions

Melanie Conroy
Don Frederico

Contracts

Alternative dispute resolution in construction/commercial contracts

John Bulman
Tom Dunn
Jeff Francis
Chris Whitney

Construction contracts; force majeure; supply chains; payment issues - getting paid; mechanic's liens; government job shutdown; delay claims; material escalation

Tom Dunn

Energy contracts; force majeure; offtake agreement; financings; NAESB; ISDA; other major agreements

John Gulliver
Randall Rich
Ruta Skučas
Sarah Tracy

ERISA/Employment Benefits

Brooks Magratten

Excuse of performance including force majeure, frustration of purpose, impracticability and/or impossibility, and responding to notices from counterparties seeking excuse of performance

Keith Cunningham
Tom Dunn
Kyle Glover
Margaret Minister
Mark Rosen

False Claims Act; procurement fraud

Kathleen Hamann
 

Material adverse change/material adverse effect and related provisions in merger, acquisition, and financing agreements

Keith Cunningham
Tom Dunn
Mark Rosen

Criminal

Bond and bail for prisons/jails with outbreaks

Kathleen Hamann

Court closures and speedy trial rights

Kathleen Hamann

Fraud (including false claims/procurement)

Kathleen Hamann

Cybersecurity

Evaluating heightened cybersecurity risks and preparing for incident response, including reporting obligations and litigation

Melanie Conroy

Digital Accessibility

Litigation under the ADA and other laws concerning whether ditigal services, goods, and resources are accessible to persons with disabilities

Melanie Conroy

Education

Contract issues

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Duty of care to students and other stakeholders

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Employment issues

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Health services; public health duties

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Impact on educational and physical/mental disability accommodations; impact on Title IX and student conduct investigations

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Insurance issues

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Potential liability arising from campus and residence hall closures; mandatory switch to online/distance modalities; impact on ability to meet accreditation standards

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Status of tuition, room, board, fees

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Travel restrictions; quarantines; study abroad

James Erwin
Suzanne King
Margaret LePage
Katy Rand

Energy/Utilities

Credit

Keith Cunningham

Energy trading and transportation issues

Valerie Green
Randall Rich
Ruta Skučas

Force majeure; offtake agreement; Financings/NAESB/ISDA/Other Major Agreements

John Gulliver
Randall Rich
Ruta Skučas
Sarah Tracy

Utility customer disruptions; billing

Jim Avery
Jared des Rosiers
Sarah Tracy

Environmental

Advertising pesticides/germ killing claims

Ken Gray

Environmental compliance and force majeure

Brian Rayback

FTC green guides for product statements

Ken Gray

Public hearings and other proceedings by municipal and administrative boards

Brian Rayback

Food

FDA rules for food safety

Brian Rayback

Immigration

Immigration issues for large employers

Tony Derosby
Kate Minervino

IRCA/Form I-9 Compliance

Tony Derosby
Kate Minervino

Status protection, compliance, and pending/new processes with USCIS and USDOL

Tony Derosby
Kate Minervino

Travel restrictions

Tony Derosby
Kathleen Hamann
Kate Minervino

US/CAN cross border business travel, port of entry issues and changes in POE operations and procedure

Tony Derosby
Kate Minervino

US Embassy consular closures and changes in consular operations

Tony Derosby
Kathleen Hamann
Kate Minervino

Insurance

Business interruption

Jeff Francis
Chris Howard

ERISA/Employment Benefits

Brooks Magratten

Health insurance

Charles Einsiedler
Brooks Magratten

Insurance coverage for losses due to coronavirus

Mike Daly
Jeff Francis
Brooks Magratten
Mark Rosen

International

Cross-border issues and quarantine

Kathleen Hamann

Currency transfers

Kathleen Hamann

Trade controls and movement restrictions

Kathleen Hamann

Patent/Trademark

Patent office facilities closed to public

Kevin Farrell
Jonathan Gelchinsky

US Patent Office relief available to patent and trademark applicants, patentees and trademark owners affected by the coronavirus outbreak

Kevin Farrell
Jonathan Gelchinsky

Privacy

GDPR and transnational movement of health data

Kathleen Hamann

Laws governing the collection, processing, use, and disclosure of sensitive information from employees customers, vendors, and others (including HIPAA, FERPA, ADA, CCPA, and BIPA), guidance from regulators, and enforcement and litigation risks

Melanie Conroy

Quarantine

Unlawful detention and violation of emergency restrictions

Kathleen Hamann

Sales/Pricing

Bid rigging/price fixing/government procurement

Kathleen Hamann

Unfair trade practices/price gouging and market manipulation

Kathleen Hamann

Taxation

Federal and state taxation

Jonathan Block
Kris Eimicke
Rob Ravenelle

Payroll tax credits

Jonathan Block
Rob Ravenelle

Tax filing deadlines

Jonathan Block

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Jurisdiction
Attorney(s)

Federal

Kathleen Hamann
Chris Howard
Randall Rich
Ann Robinson

Maine

Chris Howard
Margaret LePage
Ann Robinson

Massachusetts

Melanie Conroy
Andrew Kaplan

New Hampshire

Suzanne King
Mark Rosen

Rhode Island

Tom Dunn