New Investigations Related To COVID-19

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Zoila Sanchez, J.D., M.P.H.Email Mathew Email Zoila PRICE GOUGING INVESTIGATIONS: On March 16, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added new prosecutorial tools to its arsenal, directing each U.S. Attorney’s Office to prioritize the detection, investigation, and prosecution of criminal conduct relating to the current pandemic. DOJ has created […]

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Force Majeure and Business Interruption in the Age of COVID-19

By Michael D. Brofman, Esq. & Michael J. Spithogiannis, Esq.Email Michael D. Brofman Email Michael J. Spithogiannis The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and government’s response was immediate and stunning, but few had time to fully consider and comprehend the long-term effects on their businesses.  The rights and obligations of commercial tenants to pay rent […]

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Understanding Physician Employee Manuals

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq., & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq. Overview: Employees often play a critical role in the success of a medical practice.  Although employees can often be an asset, they can also often be a liability.  As the owner of your business, you are ultimately responsible for the actions of your employees.  In […]

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Third Department Reverses Award of MLMIC Demutualization Proceeds to Employer, Rules Employee-Policyholder is Legally Entitled to Disputed Funds

By Seth A. Nadel, Esq.Email the Author As discussed in a prior article, on April 24, 2020, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in the case of Maple-Gate Anesthesiologists v. Nasrin, 182 A.D. 3d 984 (4th Dep’t 2020), unanimously affirmed a decis*ion of the Erie County Supreme Court that a physician-policyholder was entitled to the proceeds […]

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ANATOMY OF A BUSINESS DISPUTE: PREPARING TO SUE

By Michael J. Spithogiannis, Esq.Email the Author Thorough pre-litigation preparation is essential to any lawsuit, but it is particularly so in a case contesting conduct of those who manage corporations and limited-liability companies.  Such entities can be closely held, meaning their stock or membership interests are not freely traded and are held by relatively few […]

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How To Prepare For A Deposition

By Toni-Ann M. Buono, Esq.Email the Author During litigation, whether you are a physician, a business owner, or simply a non-party witness, there will likely come a time that you will be faced with having to testify at a deposition.  In Part One of this series, we explained what a deposition is and what to […]

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What To Expect At A Deposition

By Toni-Ann M. Buono, Esq.Email the Author During litigation, whether you are a physician, a business owner, or simply a non-party witness, there will likely come a time that you will be faced with having to testify at a deposition.  This article explains what a deposition is and what to expect during a deposition.  Part […]

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GUIDANCE FOR TELEHEALTH SERVICES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT AND BUPRENORPHINE PRESCRIBING

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq. & Carla Hogan, Esq. Email Jessica Email Carla Starting March 13, 2020, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) has allowed electronic/virtual telehealth services for Medicaid beneficiaries for the duration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Other New York state agencies have followed suit. Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health […]

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New York COVID-19 Leave Laws

By Toni-Ann M. Buono, Esq. & Carla Hogan, Esq.Email Toni-Ann Email Carla Previously, we summarized the April 1 federal paid leave laws and regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  Two weeks earlier, New York State enacted similar COVID-19 legislation providing paid sick leave to State employees subject to a mandatory or precautionary […]

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