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Warner continues helping our clients address the state and federal issues related to the COVID-19 virus. Our interdisciplinary team of attorneys remain on top of the many changes prompted by this novel coronavirus and continue to provide timely updates and needed outside counsel to our clients.
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Additional Warner COVID-19 Information and Guidance

COVID-19 Construction Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying government orders restraining business operations have led to unprecedented disruption in the construction industry. In Michigan, although some critical infrastructure and health care-related projects continued during the stay-at-home order, most projects were idled until residential and commercial construction was permitted to resume on May 7. This disruption, along with accompanying disruptions in materials manufacturing and access to capital, will undoubtedly lead to disputes among owners, contractors and subcontractors regarding how to handle the resulting delays and cost overruns.

Lease Defaults and Litigation are Expected to Rise in the Wake of COVID-19

The widespread shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit the commercial real estate sector particularly hard. Nationwide, billions of dollars in retail rents and other charges went unpaid for the month of April, as revenue streams dried up due to COVID-19 lockdowns. With Michigan’s lockdown now extending through May 15, 2020, many businesses are grappling with how to address rent payments that are due on May 1st.

COVID-19 Tips for Video Parenting Time

Whether you live out of state, are self-quarantining or have agreed to wait until after the emergency orders expire to exercise parenting time, staying connected with your child during this difficult time is important. 

Stay Home Stay Safe Order: Impact on Child Custody and Parenting Time Orders and Agreements

On March 23, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19) which requires all non-essential workers as defined in the Order to Stay Home Stay Safe for the next three weeks at least, starting at midnight on March 23, 2020. The Order provides a list of exceptions to the rules including addressing compliance with custody orders.

Warner Helps You Navigate "Business As Anything But Usual"

As we begin to prepare for the safe return to our offices, please know our Warner attorneys continue to work from home without missing a beat – and will do so throughout the month of May.

Warner in the News

6-15-20 Employee Benefits: Lisa Zimmer Discusses Expanded 401K and IRA Distribution Guidelines Under the CARES Act
Warner Partner Lisa B. Zimmer discusses new 401K and IRA guidelines in the CARES Act in an article titled, "Your Money During COVID-19," in this week's Detroit Jewish News. Zimmer describes the new provisions which allows most retirement plans to offer expanded distributions and favorable tax treatment for up to $100,000 for coronavirus‑related reasons. Read the full article here.  

6-1-20 Real Estate: Relaxation of real estate evaluation, appraisal requirements
In light of COVID-19, federal agencies have issued guidance that provides flexibility for property evaluations and appraisals. Warner attorneys Rachel Foster and Alexandra Chitwood write a column in the Grand Rapids Business Journal outlining guidance for buyers, sellers and lenders.

5-22-20 Litigation: Stock drop litigation is coming – are you ready?
Warner partner and litigator Brian Masternak provided an overview of stock drop litigation for The National Law Journal in a bylined article. As our nation continues to wrestle with COVID-19, Masternak tells readers that it’s not a question of “if” but of “when” – when stock prices drop precipitously, it’s inevitable that publicly traded companies will see claims of securities fraud over representations or disclosures alleged to be materially misleading. You can read the article here.

5-11-20 Litigation: Brian Masternak Warns of Stock Drop Litigation During Times of Crisis Grand Rapids Business Journal
Warner partner Brian Masternak provides steps to prepare for stock drop litigation in the wake of COVID-19. Plaintiff’s attorneys file these lawsuits in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the outbreaks of Ebola and SARS. While the precipitating events may change, the resulting cases from the securities class action bar follow a predictable pattern. Read the Grand Rapids Business Journal article here.

5-11-20 Trusts and Estates: Mark Harder on Estate, Tax Planning Ideas for a COVID-19 Economy Holland Sentinal
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner and chair of the firm's Private Client and Family Office Practice Group, Mark Harder writes about the depressed values in the markets, low interest rates and historically high federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions that have created some excellent opportunities for you to make impactful gifts to your family and generate potentially significant tax savings. Following are eight wealth planning tools you may want to consider. Read the full article in the Holland Sentinel here.

5-4-20 Litigation: Beware of Coronavirus Scams and Phishing Attacks Midland Daily News
Warner partners Norbert Kugele, Madelaine Lane and Brian Wassom wrote an article that was published in the Midland Daily News called "Beware of coronavirus scams and phishing attacks." During the COVID-19 crisis, criminals continue to ply their trade, exploiting the crisis for their gain. While employees work from remote locations, it is important for businesses to continue educating their teams about cyberattacks to prevent information systems from being compromised. Read the full article here.

5-4-20 Real Estate: Tom Amon Writes About Lease Defaults and Litigation are Expected to Rise in the Wake of COVID‑19 for the Grand Rapids Business Journal
Warner partner Thomas Amon laid out a roadmap for landlords and tenants to prepare for potential litigation over lease defaults in light of COVID‑19. In this blog for the Grand Rapids Business Journal, he stressed the importance of protecting your position – and your communications.  

4-27-20 Cybersecurity: DBusiness Features Warner’s Article on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Concerns Amid COVID‑19
On April 27, 2020, DBusiness Tech and Mobility News included an article titled, “Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Concerns Amid COVID-19,” written by Warner Norcross + Judd LLP attorneys Kelly R. Hollingsworth and Jeffrey S. Segal. As the COVID‑19 pandemic continues, significant issues related to data privacy and cybersecurity are on the rise, largely triggered by two key factors: 1) more workforce members working remotely; and 2) organizations processing more employee health information. Below, we discuss some of the issues organizations are facing as a result of these and other factors and offer tips for mitigating the risks. The complete DBusiness article is available here.

4-10-20 Financial Services: GRBJ Discusses CARES Act with Matthew Johnson
Warner Partner Matthew D. Johnson discusses small business resources available in the CARES Act stimulus package in an article titled, “CARES Act guidance for small businesses,” in this week’s Grand Rapids Business Journal. Johnson describes the framework of the $350 billion fund, including details on eligibility for loan forgiveness and special programs under the Entrepreneurial Development Program. Read the full article here.
4-10-20 Technology and Intellectual Property: GRBJ Features Warner’s IP Report
Although COVID-19 has severely disrupted our routines, a professional “pause,” if managed strategically, can bolster your business arsenal. Warner Partners Mary C. Bonnema and Brian D. Wassom co-authored “The IP power pause: finding opportunity amid the chaos” which ran in today’s Grand Rapids Business Journal. Read the full article here.

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