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Executive Order #142: Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses and Gatherings in Cars

On May 18, 2020 (the “Effective Date”), Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #142 (the “Order”) permits, inter alia, the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses and gatherings in cars.

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May 15, 2020
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COVID-19: Sole Business Owners: What Happens if I Become Symptomatic and Cannot Run My Business?

by Norman D. Kallen, Esquire and Kristina R. Brown, Esquire

In light of the severity of the symptoms and presentation of the COVID-19 virus in individuals, we have received many inquiries about what a sole business owner should do to maintain business continuity in the event the owner becomes ill or otherwise disabled as a result of COVID-19, and, more broadly, under any other circumstances.

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Apr 30, 2020
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The Calm Before The Storm

By Daniel M. Stolz, Esq.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented interruption of the U.S. economy and economies all over the world. Unemployment rates are skyrocketing, and all but businesses deemed “essential” have been forced to close. Recently, Governor Murphy ordered nearly all construction activities in the State shut down.

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Apr 21, 2020
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New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Issues Guidance For Telehealth Professionals During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Richard A. West

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy has issued several executive orders to enable medical professionals to administer vital health care services to state residents while complying with the social distancing measures essential for limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus within the state.

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Apr 20, 2020
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New Jersey Announces Process For Recently Retired Healthcare Professionals to Return to Service During COVID-19 Crisis

By Richard A. West

On April 3, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that the State Division of Consumer Affairs has created a streamlined process to permit retired New Jersey healthcare professionals to reactivate their licenses in order to participate in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The action comes as the state seeks to expand its healthcare capacity in response to emergency demand.

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Apr 20, 2020
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Contracting Parties Beware: COVID-19 Does Not Render All Performance Obligations “Impossible”

By Kenneth L. Moskowitz, Esq. and Michele-Lee Shapiro, Esq.*

The extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic — including widespread illness, government stay-at-home orders, and restrictions on travel — have rendered the performance of many contractual obligations unfeasible, impractical, and, in certain circumstances, excused by the contract’s force majeure provisions. However, not every contractual duty will be deemed impossible to discharge, and contracting parties must be careful not to assume that a broad-sweeping “coronavirus defense” will excuse them from legal accountability for non-performance.

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Apr 20, 2020
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New Jersey’s Aggressive Enforcement of the CFA’s Proscription on Price-Gouging During the COVID-19 State of Emergency

by Richard A. West, Esq.

The declaration of a state of emergency on March 9, 2020 by Governor Murphy gave the Attorney General and the Division of Consumer Affairs a powerful tool to combat price gouging. Pursuant to New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act (CFA), sellers of goods and services are prohibited from implementing “excessive price increases” during a declared state of emergency.

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Apr 17, 2020
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