New York Extends Eviction Moratorium to January 2022

Author: Tina Ma

Guest Editor: Kiran Gupta

October 4, 2021 5:36pm

On September 1, 2021, state lawmakers voted to extend the COVID-19 emergency eviction moratorium to January 15, 2022. The measure was passed 38-19, followed by the Assembly 80-60. The vote took place at a special session called by newly instated Governor Kathy Hochul. This was the first time members had convened in full since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Developments in Business Interruption Insurance Coverage and Litigation Due to COVID-19

Author: Tina Ma

February 1, 2021 8:28pm

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, lockdown and stay at home orders have returned, shutting down and limiting business operations.  As such, it is likely the number of business interruption claims will increase in the upcoming months.  Historically, business interruption insurance cover claims arising from natural disasters and most policies contain a specific exclusion for damages arising from a virus.  Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020…

Impact of COVID-19 on Juror Perceptions

Author: Tina Ma

January 21, 2021 9:00am

The pandemic has indisputably and substantially affected all aspects of our lives.  It is not surprising the effects of the pandemic in our everyday lives have also impacted jurors and their perceptions during litigation and trial.  The psychological effects of the pandemic, along with the new tools used for remote litigation, have the ability to affect juror perceptions.  Attorneys and parties planning for a trial during the pandemic must consider these changes…

Ninth Circuit Rejects “Improper Erosion” Theory Asserted by Excess Carrier

Author: Tina Ma

January 11, 2021 9:00am

On September 14, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit limited an excess insurers’ ability to second-guess lower-level carriers’ coverage payment decisions, absent evidence of fraud, bad faith, or a contractual provision reserving the right to challenge such decisions.  This matter was an issue of first impression for the Ninth Circuit panel.

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