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Gov. Murphy Authorizes Alcohol Sale and Delivery by Certain License Holders

In order to mitigate the continued business disruption caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Murphy signed legislation (A3966) on Friday, May 15, 2020 that gives New Jersey’s liquor license holders additional options in connection with the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Business Interruption Claims for Loss of Use of Property Due to Government-Ordered Closures Related to COVID-19

Many cases, including class actions, have been filed by insureds seeking business interruption coverage for COVID-19 related losses under first-party property insurance policies.  In these cases, many insureds are claiming entitlement to business interruption coverage because of a ...

Intent and Requirements of Property Insurance Coverage for Losses from Orders of Civil Authority 

The following is an update on developments relating to complaints filed seeking coverage for COVID-19 related losses since our March 28th post "Property Insurance Coverage Issues Presented by COVID-19."

As predicted, numerous cases and requests for class action certification ...

Governor Murphy Extends Deadlines of Various Environmental Statutes; Permit Delays Expected

On May 2, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 136 (EO 136), which extends the deadlines of certain State environmental statutes for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, tolling current permitting approval timeframes such that it is expected to cause ...

Reminder: Use the New Form I-9 to Ensure Compliance

As an update to our prior alert, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now requires the use of the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9). This form applies to all employers in the United States and must be completed for each new employee ...

Going Back to Work: EEOC Guidelines for an ADA-Compliant Reopening

This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance on appropriate employee protections that employers should follow when reopening their workplaces. Of note, there are key policies that employers covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should be ...

NJDEP Modifies Certain Site Remediation Rules Due to COVID-19

On April 24, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted a Temporary Rule Modification (the Modification) affecting its Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS) and its Technical Requirements for Site ...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That the Clean Water Act May Regulate Pollution Traveling Through Groundwater

On April 23, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in the County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund et al. matter, finding that the Clean Water Act may regulate pollution traveling through groundwater. The Court also found that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applied ...

Governor Murphy Permits Tenants to Apply Security Deposit to Pay Rent During COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, on Friday, April 24, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 128, which allows residential tenants to apply the full amount of the tenant’s security deposit (plus all accrued interest) to the payment of any rent or late fees ...

New Jersey Passes Public-Private Partnership Regulations

On Monday, April 20, 2020, New Jersey at long last finalized and passed the regulations needed to implement the Public-Private Partnership (P3) statutes passed nearly two years ago. The rules follow the anticipated chronological steps that will be undertaken through the life cycle of a P3 ...

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