Plaintiffs’ Firm Requests Transfer of All Pending COVID-19 Litigation in New York State to Kings County

On February 23, 2022, national plaintiffs’ personal injury firm, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC (“Napoli”) filed a Motion for Coordination (“Application”) pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 202.69 requesting that the State of New York Litigation Coordinating Panel (“NYLCP”) transfer several litigations “against nursing homes/health care facilities related to their response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pending in counties… Continue reading Plaintiffs’ Firm Requests Transfer of All Pending COVID-19 Litigation in New York State to Kings County

Jason Abrams, L.J. D’Arrigo, Danielle Rizzo to Lead Panels at American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference

Three Harris Beach Partners have accepted invitations to speak at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Annual Conference in New York City, June 15 – 18. The Annual Conference is AILA’s flagship event, typically drawing over 2,000 immigration attorneys from all over the U.S. and across the world. Danielle Rizzo is the Discussion Leader on a… Continue reading Jason Abrams, L.J. D’Arrigo, Danielle Rizzo to Lead Panels at American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference

The Risk of Contracting COVID-19 Constitutes an Illness for Purposes of Obtaining an Absentee Ballot for 2022 School District Votes and Elections

Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed Bill S7619 that will extend for another year the provision under New York Education Law that permits voters to use the risk of contracting COVID-19 as the basis for obtaining absentee ballots. This extension will be in effect until January 1, 2023. Qualified voters for the 2022 School District Elections… Continue reading The Risk of Contracting COVID-19 Constitutes an Illness for Purposes of Obtaining an Absentee Ballot for 2022 School District Votes and Elections

Federal Judge Invalidates QPA Provisions of No Surprises Act Regulations

On February 23, 2022, Judge Jeremy Konodle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, issued a decision in Texas Medical Association v. United States Department of Health & Human Services that invalidated portions of the federal No Surprises Act. This decision invalidated regulations applying a rebuttable presumption during the federal IDR… Continue reading Federal Judge Invalidates QPA Provisions of No Surprises Act Regulations

New York Lowers Statutory Interest Rate on Money Judgments for Consumer Debts Pursuant to the Fair Consumer Judgment Interest Act

For the first time since 1981, New York will lower the interest rate on money judgments based on consumer debts from nine percent (9%) per annum to two percent (2%) per annum. Governor Kathy Hochul signed the bill, S5724-A, referred to as the Fair Consumer Judgment Interest Act (“FCJIA”), into law on December 31, 2021.… Continue reading New York Lowers Statutory Interest Rate on Money Judgments for Consumer Debts Pursuant to the Fair Consumer Judgment Interest Act

New York State Withdraws Mask Mandate for Private Businesses

New York State’s mask mandate on private business will expire on Thursday, February 10th, 2022. The mandate required mask-wearing indoors at all “indoor public places” (e.g., businesses) unless the business required proof of vaccination for entry. Governor Kathy Hochul announced the withdrawal of the mandate on Wednesday, February 9. The mandate had been in effect… Continue reading New York State Withdraws Mask Mandate for Private Businesses

Supreme Court Upholds CMS Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the COVID vaccination mandate for healthcare workers working at facilities that are regulated under the Centers for Medicare/Medicare health and safety standards.  Not all facilities, providers or suppliers receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds fall under the mandate, so it is important to review the CMS updated external… Continue reading Supreme Court Upholds CMS Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

U.S. Supreme Court Stays Enforcement of OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Test Mandate, while Upholding Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in which it ordered a stay on the enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) pending disposition of the lawsuit challenging the rule in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. OSHA’s ETS would have required many private employers… Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Stays Enforcement of OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Test Mandate, while Upholding Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay on OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dissolved an order staying enforcement of the emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  The ETS requires all employers with 100 or more employees to implement policies mandating that employees either receive a COVID-19 vaccination or undergo regular testing.  The… Continue reading Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay on OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers