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Dunnington Files U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief For Authors Guild et al. In Dispute Over Film Rights To John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath

By All, Estates, Trusts and Private Clients, Featured, Intellectual Property, Advertising, Art and Fashion Law, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

On April 29, 2020, Dunnington partners Ray Dowd and Olivera Medenica filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of The Authors Guild, The Dramatists Guild, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, and former Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman at the United States Supreme Court.  The case involves a dispute among John Steinbeck’s heirs over who should benefit from copyright termination rights.  Read More

Dunnington Client Alert: Summary of the Latest Proclamation to Limit Immigration into the USA

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On April 22, 2020, pursuant to Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) sections 212(f) and 215(a) and 3 U.S.C. section 301, President Donald J. Trump issued a Proclamation “pausing” immigration into the United States of America for foreign nationals who:

  1. Are outside the United States on April 23, 2020;
  2. Do not have a valid immigrant visa on April 23, 2020; and
  3. Do not have a valid official travel document (such as a transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document) on the effective date of the Proclamation, or issued on any date thereafter that permits travel to the United States to seek entry or admission.

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Dunnington Client Alert: Remote Business During COVID-19: The Role of Electronic Signatures and Remote Notarization

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On April 16, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo extended “New York on PAUSE” to May 15, 2020.  Given current circumstances, social distancing and remote work is expected to continue into the future to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Yet, despite the current and potential future constrictions, business must continue.  To do so, documents—contracts, legal papers, and others—are required and they still require signatures.  Electronic signatures provide an alternative to handwritten signatures.  If you are not familiar with electronic signatures—now may be the time to become acquainted. Read More

April 12, 2020 – New York Mandates Employer-Provided Face Coverings for Certain Essential Business Employees

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On April 12th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a new Executive Order No. 202-16.  Among other provisions, the Order  mandates that previously defined “essential” businesses and entities which have employees in the workplace must provide such employees with, and those employees must wear, “face coverings” when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. The face coverings must be provided at the employer’s cost.  This new provision becomes effective at 8:00 pm EDT on April 15, 2020.

See Executive Order 202.16 here:


Dunnington Client Alert: Estate Planning In A Pandemic

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Estate Planning In A Pandemic

Susan Rothwell, Partner

April 13, 2020

Note: Current Status of the Surrogate’s Courts.  As of this writing, the New York Surrogate’s Courts, which deal with wills, estate and trust issues, guardianships and adoptions, are open right now on a limited basis and only for essential and urgent matters.  What constitutes an essential and urgent matter for the Surrogate’s Court is being decided on a case-by-case basis and depends on which county you are in.  At the moment, anyone in NY county who needs access to a Surrogate’s Court Judge on this “essential” basis may have a private phone call with the Chief Clerk guidance and must submit any paperwork by regular mail.  No one may walk into the court without calling ahead.  All trials and hearings including guardianships and adoptions are postponed until further notice.

Estate Planning Now

In light of the devastating death toll and the ongoing threat of contracting COVID-19, it’s not surprising if you’re thinking about estate planning.  Here are some things to think about when you review your estate planning documents or consider drafting new ones if you don’t yet have a will or a trust.   Read More

COVID-19 Regulatory Update: New Guidance Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is “Essential” Under “NY on PAUSE” Mandatory Workforce Reduction

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April 9, 2020 – The Empire State Development Agency today released further guidance on determining whether a business enterprise is an “Essential Business” subject to mandatory workforce reduction pursuant to New York Executive Order 202.6.  The link to this guidance is provided below.