Americas COVID-19 eBulletin

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COVID-19 Americas
March 20, 2020

Recent updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) from our members in the Americas



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arias, POSTED MARCH 20, 2020

Costa Rica: Breach of Contract Obligations in Times of COVID-19

The declaration of a State of National Emergency and the sanitary measures ordered by the Costa Rican Authorities present a challenge for many individuals and companies in fulfilling their contract obligations, especially credit obligations.

miller & martin, posted march 19, 2020

United States: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” (“the Act”) including the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, was signed into law by President Trump.

tozzinifreire, posted march 19, 2020

TozziniFreire Launched a Multidisciplinary Publication

With the current escalation of COVID-19 and the need to adopt more vigorous actions to protect our people, along with good citizenship, we inform that our teams are working remotely and are 100% equipped to continue to provide prime legal advice in all areas to our clients.


Costa Rica: Government Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

The Government of Costa Rica has announced public policy measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in the following areas: labor, taxes, education and economy.

locke lord llp, posted march 18, 2020

United States: New York Mayor Issues Emergency Executive Order


On March 16th, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio issued Emergency Executive Order No. 100 imposing restrictions on gatherings ‎and businesses during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. The Order, amongst other things, ordered the temporary closure of ‎all entertainment venues, commercial gyms, and adult congregate centers‎‎.


greenberg glusker, posted march 18, 2020

United States: Force Majeure and the Coronavirus

This article addresses how California courts might approach “force majeure” clauses (or lack thereof) in commercial leases or loan documents during this period.

goodmans, posted march 18, 2020

Canada: Legal and Practical Considerations for Virtual Shareholder Meetings

This update provides an overview of some of the key legal and practical considerations when deciding whether to proceed with a virtual shareholder meeting.

goodmans LLp, POSTED MARCH 18, 2020

Canada: Securities Regulators Offer Filing Relief for Market Participants and Support Virtual Meetings

On March 18, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced they will allow all Canadian public companies (and other market participants) a temporary 45-day extension of the filing deadline for most securities regulatory filings they are required to make before June 1, 2020.

tozzinifreire, posted march 18, 2020

Brazil: Impacts on Workplace and Intellectual Property Market

TozziniFreire Advogados is providing content about the current escalation of COVID-19 . In this article, we can see a summary of the impact that this pandemic is causing on workplace and also on the Intellectual Property market.

greenberg glusker, Posted march 17, 2020

United States: We Will Get By, We Will Survive - Critical Issues for Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis

This article offers some suggestions about how we can make our companies as healthy as possible during this period.

goodmans llp, posted march 17, 2020

Canada: Under a State of Emergency, What Orders Can the Ontario Government Enact?

On March 17, 2020, in response to the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario declared a State of Emergency under the Act. What is the impact of Ontario's declaration of a State of Emergency?


lane powell pc, posted march 17, 2020

United States: Will Coronavirus Make Some Contracts Unenforceable?

The spread of the coronavirus, and reactions to it by both public and private actors, have potential implications for the performance and enforcement of contracts. The following discussion addresses several principles that may affect contract analysis and interpretation.


lane powell pc, posted march 17, 2020

United States: Tax Traps and Opportunities From Employers Requiring Work From Home

While working from home is an important strategy for combating the coronavirus, it also creates both potential traps for the unwary and opportunities for a business located in one state with employees who reside in another state. We focus on Washington and Oregon but these concepts should apply whenever an employee resides in one state and works for an employer in another state.


arnold & porter, posted march 17, 2020

United States: Disinfecting for COVID-19

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has triggered responses from government agencies and generated significant consumer and commercial interest in products that can help decontaminate surfaces to fight the spread of the virus. In light of this, there is a great temptation for companies that produce cleaning products to market their products as being effective against SARS-CoV-2. Here are a few things to keep in mind before making claims that a product is effective.


alfaro-abogados, posted march 16, 2020

Argentina: Coronavirus and Contractual Force Majeure

The outbreak of coronavirus has a huge impact in human life. It is also bound to have deep consequences in legal relations. Among many examples are the cancellation of flight tickets and the subsequent conflict about whether or not the company must reimburse the price already paid. Legal solutions to those cases shall depend on each factual situation. Here we discuss the legal framework.


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