The Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team is advising clients on all aspects of the legal issues and implications of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic including contractual, employment, insurance and healthcare issues. Our attorneys are fielding inquiries and providing advice in a wide range of areas, including human resources, travel and transportation, immigration and border entry, hospital and healthcare operations, medical and pharmaceutical supply, FDA, food handling and preparation, OSHA, ADA compliance, data privacy, HIPAA, environmental and EPA, international transactions, shipping, supply chain and logistics, financial reporting, insurance liability, real estate issues, including landlord and tenant matters, and all types of contracts and quasi-contracts. Duane Morris has established a blog dedicated to COVID-19 issues and is distributing Alerts and sharing information via webinars and media interviews.

Contractual

Contractual and quasi-contractual obligations are thrown into upheaval in the extreme circumstances of a pandemic. An unexpected and/or insurmountable obstacle in any part of a supply chain can have a devastating impact on a business’ ability to deliver on its promises. Well-written contracts can, at least, minimize problems. Poorly written contracts can expose businesses to levels of liability so severe that their very survival might be at stake. Duane Morris attorneys advise clients before, during and after crises to minimize risk, business disruption and disputes.

Employment

Employers are on the front lines of any outbreak, immediately faced with making decisions to simultaneously protect their workforce and their business while still delivering what their customers expect and deserve. Our Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration lawyers advise clients on all aspects of employer planning, sick leave and other policies, operations, liability, domestic and international travel and entry, scheduling changes, shutdowns and quarantines.

Healthcare

Nothing is more important than providing care to the sick and preventing illness in others, but in times of an expanding outbreak, the healthcare system’s ability to treat patients can be stretched beyond its limits. At the same time, hospitals and governments must quickly pivot to minimize a disease’s impact on their communities. The lack of space, staff and essential supplies are just some of the existential threats that healthcare providers face. Duane Morris attorneys have been advising on preparations in the months prior to the pandemic reaching the United States and continue to counsel hospitals, health systems and others daily as the situation rapidly evolves.

Insurance

The level of claims and losses coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic may be unprecedented. From the inability to fulfill contractual obligations to cancellations and closures for the sake of public health, the financial impact―and the insurance industry’s role within that―will be interpreted and contested for years to come. Specific terms, conditions and provisions in policies are immeasurably consequential. We have many lawyers who have dedicated their careers to insurance coverage and the disputes that can follow, advising clients attempting to prepare for the unforeseen and managing the aftermath of the unforeseeable in the U.S., UK and around the world.   

Regulatory

In the first few months of the COVID-19 outbreak, multiple regulatory agencies and governing bodies have revised requirements, both temporarily and permanently, in attempts to help the public and minimize adverse situations that will inevitably develop. This will continue to evolve at both the federal and state level. The FDA, USTR, Federal Reserve, FDIC, CFPB, OCC, SEC, U.S. Department of Education and others have made changes or announcements that can impact whether businesses are in compliance or are staying compliant. Duane Morris attorneys know the specifics of these changes and how these regulatory bodies operate, and counsel clients on how to prioritize their next steps in this unfolding situation.

Litigation

The COVID-19 pandemic will likely spawn an outbreak of litigation, as the disease impacts and disrupts nearly every aspect of the economy. New disputes will emerge from a wide spectrum of areas, including products liability, mass and toxic torts, insurance coverage, employment, white-collar, securities law, intellectual property, commercial contracts and class actions. The attorneys in Duane Morris’ Trial Practice Group have the industry-specific litigation experience needed to help clients pursuing or facing litigation in the aftermath of COVID-19. We are exceptionally well-suited to large-scale litigation and national coordinating counsel positions having taken the lead in these roles in the past.

For More Information

For more information, contact a member of the Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team or the attorney at the firm with whom you are in regular contact.

The Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team has compiled the following links to relevant information regarding state, national, and foreign responses to the COVID-19 crisis. If you have specific questions about the impact of government actions or about a jurisdiction that is not addressed, please contact a member of the Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team [link] or the attorney at the firm with whom you are in regular contact.

Alabama: Info | Executive Actions

Alaska: InfoExecutive Orders

Arizona: Info | Executive Orders

Arkansas: InfoExecutive Orders

California: InfoExecutive Orders

Colorado: Info | Executive Orders

Connecticut: InfoExecutive Orders

Delaware: InfoExecutive Orders

Florida: Info | Executive Orders

Georgia: InfoExecutive Orders

Hawaii: Info | Executive Orders

Idaho: Info | Executive Orders

Illinois: Info | Executive Orders

Indiana: InfoExecutive Orders

Iowa: InfoExecutive Orders

Kansas: InfoExecutive Orders

Kentucky: InfoExecutive Orders

Louisiana: InfoExecutive Orders

Maine: InfoExecutive Orders

Maryland: InfoExecutive Orders

Massachusetts: InfoExecutive Orders

Michigan: InfoExecutive Orders

Minnesota: InfoExecutive Orders

Mississippi: InfoExecutive Orders

Missouri: Info | Executive Orders

Montana: InfoExecutive Orders

Nebraska: InfoExecutive Orders

Nevada: InfoExecutive Orders

New Hampshire: Info | Executive Orders

New Jersey: Info | Executive Orders

New Mexico: Info | Executive Orders

New York: Info | Executive Orders

North Carolina: Info | Executive Orders

North Dakota: Info | Executive Orders

Ohio: Info | Executive Orders

Oklahoma: Info | Executive Orders

Oregon: Info | Executive Orders

Pennsylvania: Info | Executive Orders

Rhode Island: Info | Executive Orders

South Carolina: Info | Executive Orders

South Dakota: Info | Executive Orders

Tennessee: Info | Executive Orders

Texas: Info | Executive Orders

Utah: Info | Executive Orders

Vermont: Info | Executive Orders

Virginia: Info | Executive Orders

Washington­: Info | Executive Orders

West Virginia: Info | Executive Orders

Wisconsin: Info | Executive Orders

Wyoming: Info | Executive Orders

Europe

UKCoronavirus Act 2020 | The Health Protection Regulations 2020 | COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Belgium | Public Authority News

France | Coronavirus Information

Germany | Federal Foreign Office: Coronavirus and Entry Restrictions |  Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: Information and Support for Businesses

IrelandHealth Act 2020 | Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2020 | COVID-19: Information from across government

The Netherlands | The Coronavirus and your company

Poland | Coronavirus Information and Recommendations: Travel

SpainDecree of State of Emergency (Spanish)

Sweden | Emergency Information | Gathered information for business owners

Switzerland | Federal Government Coronavirus Measures

Asia

ChinaFrom 16 March, All International Arrivals in Beijing will be Subject to 14-Day Quarantine in Designated Places at Their Own Expense | Ministry of Foreign Affairs News

Hong Kong | Government Guidelines

IndiaAnnexure to Ministry of Home Affairs Order No 40-3/2020-DTravel and Visa Restrictions Related to COVID-19 | Important Information, including State/UT Updates

Indonesia | Additional Measures of the Indonesian Government in Relation to Covid-19 Response | Information and Travel Guidance

JapanCoronavirus (COVID-19) advisory information

PhilippinesBayanihan to Heal As One Act

SingaporeUpdates on COVID-19 | COVID-19 pdates and Announcements

TaiwanTaiwan to bar foreign nationals from entering the country starting March 19

Thailand | Corona Virus Disease Travel GuidanceMeasures under the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015) to control the Coronvirus Disease 2019Regulation Issued Under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations

Vietnam | VN halts entry to all foreigners due to COVID-19