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04.21.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Governor Baker Signs Moratorium for Evictions and Foreclosures in Massachusetts

Governor Baker has just signed and enacted into law a Moratorium for Evictions and Foreclosures in Massachusetts. The law impacts both residential and specific commercial properties, and has several key parts. First, it provides that a landlord or owner of a residential dwelling unit shall not, for the purposes of… Read More

04.07.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Legislation Seeks to Force Insurers to Cover COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

Massachusetts Senator James B. Eldridge recently filed Massachusetts Senate Bill 2888, “An Act Concerning Business Interruption Insurance.”  If enacted, the proposed legislation decrees that every policy of insurance insuring against loss or damage to property which includes the loss of use and occupancy and business interruption shall be construed to… Read More

04.06.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

State Authority and Municipality Deadlines Extended at Least 45 Days After State of Emergency Ends

On April 3, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an emergency bill into law aimed at addressing the logistical challenges COVID-19 has forced municipalities and state authorities to face. Specifically, the bill extends certain deadlines for applicants to municipalities and state authorities for at least 45 days after the state of… Read More

04.03.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Carpenters Union Orders All Members to Cease Working Effective April 6, 2020

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, through its North Atlantic Regional Counsel, has issued a directive that effective Monday, April 6, 2020, all its members are “to cease working until it is safe to do so.” The directive does not apply to any health facilities being built… Read More

04.03.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19 | In The News

Lenders to start accepting PPP applications

The attorneys at Bernkopf Goodman are committed to guiding our clients through this uncertain time. We have spent the time to read the 880-page stimulus act in order to best advise our clients. The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), a key component to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act… Read More

04.01.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Governor Baker Reduces List of Essential Construction-Related Services

During last Thursday’s webinar, COVID-19’s Impact on the Massachusetts Construction Industry, Bernkopf Goodman LLP attorneys Peter McGlynn and Bob Stetson reported on Governor Charlie Baker’s Emergency Order dated March 23,2020, closing non-essential businesses until April 7,2020. The Emergency Order included a list of “Essential Services” that contained a general… Read More

03.25.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19 | In The News

Governor’s Order Could Overrule Boston, Cambridge Construction Bans

Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order regarding the shutdown of non-essential businesses in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic authorizes construction to continue throughout Massachusetts and appears to supersede the suspension orders in Cambridge and Boston. Peter McGlynn The order, which went into effect today at noon… Read More

03.23.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19 | Events/Webinars | In The News

Bernkopf Goodman LLP to Present an Interactive Webinar on COVID-19’s Impact on the Massachusetts Construction Industry

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc over our daily lives, its impact on the construction industry has been particularly dramatic. Peter McGlynn Last week, the cities of Boston and Cambridge issued orders suspending virtually all construction work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Gov. Charlie Baker issued… Read More

03.20.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19 | In The News

Appeals Court Suspends Oral Arguments and Will Decide Cases on Briefs

In another first, in light of public health concerns arising from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the state of emergency declared by the governor, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has ordered that all cases scheduled for oral argument during April 2020 shall be deemed submitted on the briefs on file,… Read More