The Seoul Protocol: Guidelines for Remote Arbitration Hearings During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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R. Zachary Torres-Fowler

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend carefully choreographed arbitration schedules, parties, counsel and arbitrators have expressed interest in the use of video-conferencing technology to manage remote arbitration hearings. And while arbitration is no stranger to video conferencing, the arbitration community has never sought to utilize this technology on the scale being imagined today. As a result, counsel and arbitrators have clamored for guidance on how to effectively structure and manage remote arbitration proceedings. Continue reading “The Seoul Protocol: Guidelines for Remote Arbitration Hearings During the COVID-19 Outbreak”

COVID-19 and the Construction Industry: Important Considerations (For Information Purposes Only Not Intended as Legal Advice)

Jamey B. Collidge

COVID-19 has created a severe disruption to the construction industry. Certain jurisdictions, including Boston, San Francisco and Pennsylvania, have placed restrictions on construction projects deemed “nonessential” and require waivers for certain projects to continue. Owners, contractors, suppliers and others may currently have more questions than answers. This article addresses some important concerns, and provides links to additional resources that more specifically address these concerns. Continue reading “COVID-19 and the Construction Industry: Important Considerations (For Information Purposes Only Not Intended as Legal Advice)”

Continuous Cessation of Labor on Construction Projects Can Trigger Statutory Remedy Deadlines

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Luke Nicholas Eaton

This article was originally published in the April 2020 issue of ConsensusDocs Construction Law. It is republished here with permission.

State and local governments throughout the country continue to issue orders in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Many states have ordered the shutdown of all businesses, with various exceptions such as businesses that are “essential” and/or “life-sustaining.” Each jurisdiction has provided a list and/or guidance on what kinds of businesses must close and what can remain open. Pepper Hamilton continues to monitor these orders and update its “COVID-19 – State Business Impact Tracker” map, an interactive tool that shows shutdown orders by state. The Business Impact Tracker can be accessed at https://covid19.pepperlaw.com/. Continue reading “Continuous Cessation of Labor on Construction Projects Can Trigger Statutory Remedy Deadlines”