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What Employers Need To Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By: Tiffany L. Anderson

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and individual workers fall ill or are forced to withdraw from the workforce to care for ill family members, federal, state, and local governments have begun enacting legislation requiring employers to provide various forms of paid and unpaid leave for affected employees. Most recently, President Trump signed into law an economic stimulus package – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), which includes, amongst others, provisions for paid sick leave, expanded unemployment benefits, and expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) provisions. The new law takes effect on April 2, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. This newsflash discusses the Emergency Paid Sick Leave and expanded FMLA provisions which apply to all employers with fewer than 500 employees1.

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COVID-19 Client Alert – Business Interruption Insurance

By: Derek E. León

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to develop solutions to the challenges our clients may currently be facing during these uncertain times. While this is first and foremost a public-health concern, amidst travel restrictions, “shelter down” orders, municipal shutdowns, and employees being unable to come to work, we recognize that COVID-19 is also causing a great economic toll on some of our clients’ businesses.

Some companies may be able to recoup lost profits and expenses sustained due to COVID-19 if they have business interruption (BI) insurance. BI insurance serves to cover losses of business income caused by various disasters and other occurrences. This generally includes when a business cannot operate or is shut down. BI insurance compensates businesses for lost profits, continued operating expenses, and additional expenses required to continue operations, if even on a limited basis. Some BI policies specifically cover reduction in business income caused by customers avoiding the business due to a pandemic. BI coverage may be provided through a separately purchased policy, or it may provided as part of your property-insurance policy or another policy. Other policies, such as supply-chain disruption policies, may also provide similar coverage.

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Updated Accessibility Requirements for Websites and Mobile Applications Forecast Additional Litigation

By: Tiffany L. Anderson

The World Wide Web Consortium has now published updated digital accessibility requirements that include new and more specific compliance criteria for mobile applications, websites, and other digital content—the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Level 2.1 (“WCAG 2.1”).  WCAG 2.1 extends WCAG 2.0 by adding seventeen additional success criteria related to mobile devices, disabilities that affect vision, and disabilities that affect cognitive function.  For example, WCAG 2.1 requires a minimum non-text color contrast, that motion animation triggered by interaction can be disabled, and that disabled users are specifically warned with the duration of user inactivity that could cause data loss.  Notably, the new criteria impact elements and barriers not identified by many of the current automated tools used by clients and vendors to evaluate the accessibility of updated websites and mobile applications.

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Leon Cosgrove Ranked Leading Firm By Chambers

By: Derek E. León

LONDON – April, 30, 2018—In its annual ranking of lawyers in the United States, Chambers and Partners – a trusted resource for ranking attorneys’ skills worldwide – ranked León Cosgrove LLP as a leading firm for litigation, Derek León and Scott Cosgrove as top commercial litigators in Florida and Andrew Zaron as a leader in the area of Bankruptcy and Insolvency law.

State Prevails in Enforcement Action Against Big Tobacco

By: Scott B. Cosgrove

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.– Dec. 27, 2017—Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced in a news release issued today that the Palm Beach County Circuit Court has ruled in favor of the State of Florida in its lawsuit – brought forth by attorneys from León Cosgrove LLP and the state – against Reynolds Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco Group. The ruling, by Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen, means that the tobacco company will need to continue to pay the state of Florida tens of millions of dollars in annual payments, per the terms of the 1997 landmark agreement reached with RJR and other major tobacco companies to settle the state’s past and future legal claims for providing health care to Florida smokers. Law360 covered the ruling in this article, published on January 2, 2018.

Women’s Initiative Group – Owning It

By: Derek E. León

Join the Women’s Initiative Group of León Cosgrove LLP and Alvarez, Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP for a symposium featuring distinguished female professionals and executives who will share their insights into what makes women valuable assets in the workforce and how we can collectively work to enhance the legal profession as a whole.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Panelist Discussion, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM Reception, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
The Riviera Country Club 1155 Blue Road
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Free Admission
FL 2.5 CLE Credits / NY CLE Credits Pending

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León Cosgrove, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Sue Tobacco Companies for Violating Their Settlement Obligations

By: León Cosgrove

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.–Jan. 18, 2017—Attorneys from León Cosgrove LLC, with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, filed suit today against Reynolds Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco Group in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The suit aims to enforce tens of millions of dollars in annual payments due the state per the terms of the 1997 landmark agreement reached with RJR and other major tobacco companies to settle the state’s past and future legal claims for providing health care to Florida smokers.
Read the news release from the office of Florida’s Attorney General. Read the lawsuit.

León Cosgrove Hires New Attorney

By: León Cosgrove

MIAMI, Fla.—Jan. 19, 2017– León Cosgrove LLC has added to its stable of handpicked talent an attorney with a dual focus in international/Latin American matters and regulatory compliance for financial institutions.
 
Jordi C. Martínez-Cid joins the firm’s practice of complex business litigation and arbitration as an associate. A graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of Michigan, Martínez-Cid was a law clerk to the Hon. Federico A. Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Before and after his clerkship, he was with the Miami office of Hunton & Williams, where he represented foreign and domestic clients in state and federal litigation, international arbitrations, and internal investigations.