Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

Tools to prepare and respond to business and legal implications

Overview

COVID-19 Response — 2020 Hindsight and 2021 Vision
COVID-19 Response — 2020 Hindsight and 2021 Vision
What have we learned from the pandemic? What comes next?
COVID-19 Insights
COVID-19 Insights
Timely analysis into the latest pandemic developments.
More than a year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Employers, policymakers, and the health care and scientific community have made hard decisions to meet unprecedented challenges, and people everywhere have been forced to adapt to a “new normal.” As effective vaccines enter the marketplace, we have opened a new chapter in the COVID-19 response that presents its own challenges, as leaders and policymakers consider how to reopen businesses without putting people’s health at risk. Faegre Drinker’s COVID-19 Task Force — comprised of attorneys, consultants and other professionals — will continue to help clients understand and address the legal, regulatory and commercial implications of COVID-19 as we all work towards a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Events

Event Recap

Speaking Engagement Recap June 14, 2021

Garden State Bar Association’s 2021 Annual Corporate Counsel Forum - Webinar

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Speaking Engagement Recap June 02, 2021

Vaccines and the Workplace HR Briefing - Webinar

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Speaking Engagement Recap May 26, 2021

Back to the Ball Park: Lessons Learned by Bay Area Teams During the Pandemic

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap May 14, 2021

2021 Upper Midwest Immigration Law Virtual Conference - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap May 13, 2021

Life Sciences 2021: The Road Ahead - Webinar

Emerging From the Pandemic: Labor & Employment ‘Hot Topics’ for Life Sciences Companies
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Recorded Webinar May 04, 2021

Pharmacy Insights With Faegre Drinker - Webinar

4 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 20, 2021

12th Annual Chicago Private Equity Roundtable

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar April 20, 2021 CLE

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Legal & Practical Considerations for Employers

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap March 04, 2021

7th Annual Employment Law Institute - Webinar

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Speaking Engagement Recap March 02, 2021

Society of Health Policy Young Professionals Telehealth Summit - Webinar

Panel on the Regulatory and Legislative Perspectives of Telehealth
1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap February 25, 2021

Current Issues in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Biotech Litigation Virtual Regional CLE Program - Webinar

Inside View: Legal and Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel
2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap February 25, 2021

BioNJ Briefing: Planning for the Next Six Months - Webinar

Time to Prepare Our New Work Paradigm: People and Policies
1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap January 29, 2021

Wow or Yeow?! FDA Outlook for 2021 and Beyond - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap January 28, 2021

COVID-19 Impacts on Product Liability and Class Actions

ABA Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint Virtual Regional CLE Program
1 min read  
Recorded Webinar December 09, 2020 CLE

The “Year of Chaos” in Review, and Looking Ahead - Webinar

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap December 01, 2020

Preparing Your Workplace for COVID-19 and Other Risks - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap December 01, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Person Injury Litigation - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar November 19, 2020

Municipal Outlook During Uncertain Times - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap November 11, 2020

Venture Capital: Global State of the Market - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar November 10, 2020 CLE

Multinational Data Breaches: Risks and Considerations in 2020

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap November 06, 2020

Overview of USP Chapters on Compounding and Current Status of FDA’s Guidance and Enforcement Efforts Regarding Compounding - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap November 05, 2020

Recent Developments in Restrictive Covenants & Non-Competes - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap October 28, 2020

Navigating Growth Strategies for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Providers

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap October 26, 2020

The Evolution of the Digital Health Landscape in the Era of COVID-19: Opportunities and Challenges

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar October 21, 2020

3M in the Time of COVID-19: N95 Respirators, Trademark Law and Deterring Bad Actors - Webinar

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap October 07, 2020

Bankruptcy for Bankers - Webinar

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar October 02, 2020

Employee Noncompete Agreements and Trade Secrets in the COVID-19 Era - Webinar

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar October 01, 2020

Fraud and Compliance Risks Facing Health Care Providers Under the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund and Reimbursement Programs - Webinar

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar September 29, 2020

DOL Final Regulations on Electronic Disclosure for Retirement Plans: How the New Safe Harbor May Cut Costs and Simplify Compliance - Webinar

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap September 25, 2020

Diversity & Inclusion: Best Practices for Working in the COVID-19 Environment

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar September 23, 2020

Prescriptions for COVID-19 Related Securities Claims: SEC Guidance and Relief - Webinar

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar September 17, 2020

The PPP Loan Program: The Pitfalls of Taking Government Relief Money - Webinar

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar September 09, 2020

COVID-19 Scammers Are Targeting You. Are You Targeting Them? A Primer for Health Care Payers and Providers - Webinar

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar July 31, 2020

Faegre Drinker Policymaker Insights: Webinar Discussion with U.S. Representative Phil Roe, M.D.

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar July 16, 2020 CLE

Labor & Employment Interactive Webinars - Webinar

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap July 09, 2020

Minimizing Labor and Employment Litigation in the Coronavirus Pandemic - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar July 07, 2020

Faegre Drinker Policymaker Insights: Webinar Discussion with U.S. Representative Bill Foster

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar July 07, 2020 CLE

COVID-19 and Jury Perspectives – Part II - Webinar

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap June 30, 2020

Litigation Exposures in the Post-COVID Era - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar June 02, 2020

Health Care Amid and After COVID-19: Strategies for Your Path to Recovery

3 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap June 24, 2020

Life Sciences Sector Comes Alive - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap June 23, 2020

Employment Law and COVID-19: Making Sense of It All - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar June 18, 2020

Increased Utilization of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Long-Term Impact on Care Delivery Models - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar June 17, 2020 CLE

The Changing Landscape of U.S. Manufacturing in the Wake of the Global Pandemic

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar June 11, 2020 CLE

COVID-19 and Jury Perspectives – Part I - Webinar

2 min read  
Event Recap June 04, 2020

Post-COVID-19 HR Challenges - Shanghai, China

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap June 03, 2020

Future of Tech - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar June 03, 2020

Franchisor Best Practices - Webinar

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Recorded Webinar June 04, 2020

Returning to Work in New York: Key Employment Law Considerations - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar May 28, 2020

ESOP Companies in COVID-19 Environment — Issues Pertaining to Turnaround and Restructuring

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar May 21, 2020

Faegre Drinker Policymaker Insights: Webinar Discussion with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap May 20, 2020

The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Mergers and Acquisitions and Related Contracts - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar May 19, 2020

Faegre Drinker Policymaker Insights: Webinar Discussion with U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar May 14, 2020 CLE

The Impact of COVID-19 on Employee Benefits and What You Need to Be Thinking About - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar May 14, 2020

Webinar Series - Franchisor Best Practices

4 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap May 07, 2020

Getting Your Employees Back to Work - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar May 06, 2020

Faegre Drinker Policymaker Insights: U.S. Senator Tina Smith on Impacts of COVID-19 on Minnesota Businesses

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar May 01, 2020

Faegre Drinker Policymaker Insights: Webinar Discussion with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar April 30, 2020 CLE

How to Successfully Navigate the U.S. and Chinese Restrictions on PPE Shipments Needed for the COVID-19 Response and Related Developments

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 23, 2020

GCV Analytics Webinar: Consumer Sector - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar April 23, 2020

ESOP Valuations in COVID-19 Environment and Issues Pertaining to Interim Valuations

2 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 23, 2020

Corporate Venture Capital in the Consumer Sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Webinar

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar April 22, 2020 CLE

Immigration & Global Mobility: Pandemic Pandemonium (or Into a New Frontier)?

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Employment Webinar - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 09, 2020

Labor & Workforce Management in the Age of COVID-19

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 09, 2020

Adviser Disclosures and COVID-19 - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar April 08, 2020

Faegre Drinker Policymaker Insights: Webinar Discussion with U.S. Senator Todd Young

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 02, 2020

COVID-19 What Are the Implications for Employers and Their Employees?

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 02, 2020

Insights for the Dairy Industry during Covid-19 and Beyond - Webinar

1 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap April 02, 2020 CLE

Price Gouging and Police Powers in Declared Emergencies - Webinar

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar April 01, 2020 CLE

Telehealth Opportunities and Challenges During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

2 min read  
Recorded Webinar March 26, 2020

Navigating Employee Benefits in an Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic - Webinar

1 min read  
Recorded Webinar March 25, 2020 CLE

Supply Chains Under Attack — What Should I Do?

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Recorded Webinar March 18, 2020 CLE

Navigating COVID-19 Issues

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Recorded Webinar March 18, 2020

Privacy and Security Updates and Challenges

1 min read  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Topics

We are helping to guide clients on a wide range of critical topics that impact their businesses. 

Please see below for insights by topic.

Advocacy

AdvocacySince March 2020, the U.S. federal government has passed multiple COVID-19 relief bills and spent trillions of dollars to bolster the pandemic response and stabilize the economy. Our advocacy working group has worked with clients to help ensure their interests are represented and considered in these response measures, and will continue to do so as the government manages the challenges of rolling out vaccines and safely returning to a pre-pandemic paradigm. These consultants and attorneys engage daily with Capitol Hill and federal agencies, leveraging decades of government, regulatory affairs and public policy experience.

Benefits and Executive Compensation/ERISA Litigation

BenefitsOur benefits and executive compensation/ERISA litigation working group advises clients on all aspects of the benefits landscape as plan sponsors, service providers and participants grapple with COVID-19 issues. Our attorneys are dealing daily with rapidly evolving compliance issues, litigation risks, and legislative and regulatory endeavors.

Commandeering and Government Takings

Empty warehouseOur commandeering and government takings working group is prepared to assist clients when governments seek to commandeer or requisition private property to respond to COVID-19. In the coming weeks, we’re likely to see more government efforts to acquire real estate, such as buildings and other facilities, and personal property, such as equipment and supplies. We have the experience needed to help clients protect their interests, including the fundamental right to just compensation, during this process.

Construction

Construction EquipmentOur construction working group helps clients evaluate impacts on existing and future projects. Our attorneys are engaging daily with project executives, industry leaders, and state and local governments to evaluate the latest developments from the impact of COVID-19.

Consumer Goods and Retail

Empty Retail ShelvesOur attorneys develop comprehensive solutions for companies manufacturing, distributing or selling consumer products. We provide clients with pragmatic and timely advice on how to manage and overcome challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contracts

ContractsThe contracts working group helps clients understand and navigate their contractual obligations in the face of the business disruption caused by COVID-19. Knowing whether or not you need to provide notice to a customer or balance your production equitably among customers in case of decreased productivity can help you position your business for maximum resilience. By combining legal experience with the QuarterJack Contracts Analytics platform, our professionals efficiently analyze and extract actionable business information from individual agreements or from sets of thousands of contracts.

Crisis Communications

ContractsA global pandemic can do something few other events can: commandeer the discussion so completely that it can be nearly impossible for a client to cut through the noise with relevant information for its target audience. Our crisis communications professionals have held roles in both media and public relations and have decades of experience communicating clients’ messages within critical, fast-moving situations.

Cross-Border Supply Chain

Cross BorderOur cross-border working group advises original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and subcontractors whose global supply chains have been impacted by COVID-19. Our professionals focus on cross-border contract negotiations, contract matters, mitigation, and international litigation or arbitration with geographic focus on China, the United Kingdom, European Union, South Korea, Japan, Italy and other affected areas.

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

CybersecurityThe data privacy working group answers questions about collecting information from and managing disclosures to employees, governments and other visitors about health, virus exposure and risk. Leveraging the team’s deep experience in health privacy and familiarity with international regimes, our professionals counsel clients in navigating the data privacy issues arising from the global public health crisis.

Education

EducatiionSchools have been a focal point in the COVID-19 response. Educational institutions have predominantly moved to online learning, and the question of when schools and campuses can safely reopen has been top of mind for policymakers throughout the pandemic response. Our attorneys have advised education sector clients on how to navigate these challenges — and the downstream risks that they present, including potential litigation — throughout the pandemic response. We have also monitored, analyzed and helped clients to understand the funds and other measures that government relief packages have made available to education entities. We will continue to closely follow regulatory and legislative developments as policymakers address the challenges of COVID-19.

FDA Regulatory and Global Trade

FDACOVID-19 has underscored the interrelationship between consumers and companies across the world. The FDA regulatory and global trade working group is composed of attorneys and scientists who help clients navigate the quickly changing landscape. With scientific knowledge and keen legal acumen, our professionals provide up-to-date information from global public health agencies and practical advice on how to address complicated cross-jurisdictional issues.

Federal and State Tax

Calendar page with pin on July 15Our federal and state tax working group has been staying abreast of tax developments related to the COVID-19 crisis. Our attorneys advise on the tax aspects of the federal legislation that has been enacted in response to COVID-19, on relevant IRS pronouncements, and on state and local tax responses.

Finance and Restructuring

Two people reviewing financialsThe COVID-19 pandemic has placed many companies in financial distress. Our finance and restructuring working group helps clients navigate these turbulent and uncharted waters — and develop strategies and solutions to protect their interests. Our attorneys also provide sound practical advice to our lender and creditor clients as they manage the many customers experiencing financial distress.

Food and Agribusiness

Food and AgribusinessOur food and agribusiness group helps companies navigate complex regulatory, litigation and transactional issues arising from the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of food. Our deep industry knowledge serves our clients, from farm to fork.

Fraud

Coronavirus Resource Center - FraudThe COVID-19 fraud working group incorporates legal and regulatory professionals throughout Faegre Drinker practice groups around ongoing efforts to track instances of fraud related to COVID-19 programs (state and federal), treatment and therapeutic interventions, and ongoing responses to the public health crisis. Utilizing a comprehensive surveillance mechanism, the working group will identify areas at further risk of fraudulent activity and potential legal/policy responses to protect clients and consumers.

Government Contracts

Trucks and worker in street constructionOur attorneys monitor and analyze the COVID-19 response by all levels of government to assist government contractors on issues arising out of the pandemic, including:

  • Understanding and complying with government directives
  • Benefitting from the CARES Act and other government relief measures
  • Small business financing
  • Performance disruption
  • Cost allowability
  • Suspension of work
  • Terminations
  • Claims
  • Investigation response

Our attorneys have advised clients through many unusual challenges that have tested contractors, including the Gulf War, September 11 terrorist attacks, Iraq War and government shutdowns. We have experience in the issues that often arise from these challenging circumstances, including delays, suspensions, terminations, emergency actions, accelerations, cost allowability, claims, investigations and working with overwhelmed government officials. Our attorneys include national leaders in ensuring protection from liability under the SAFETY Act and PREP Act as well as compliance with small business and government contracts regulations.

Health Care

Health CareSince March 2020, health care providers have been on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Our health care working group is closely following legal and regulatory developments on COVID-19 and assisting clients in understanding and addressing these issues.

Immigration and Global Mobility

ImmigrationOur immigration and global mobility working group helps clients manage U.S., U.K. and global immigration, work visa, compliance and international travel issues for their global workforce when faced with sudden, unexpected consulate and border closings, self-isolation, social distancing, and remote work requirements and related issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Insurance

InsuranceOur property and casualty insurance attorneys advise insurers on their obligations in evaluating and responding to property claims involving business interruption, event cancellation and related occurrences caused by crises, catastrophes and natural disasters. Our team advises insurers writing all lines of business on the application and impact of emergency actions taken by governmental and regulatory authorities in response to crises and how to deal with state Departments of Insurance and other government authorities’ directives on all insurance issues arising during crises. Our team of dedicated insurance attorneys and professionals stand ready to deploy customized counsel to address your litigation needs, regulatory issues, and legislative advocacy.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property - COVID-19The intellectual property working group provides clients with timely information and insights concerning a wide range of coronavirus-related intellectual property issues that impact business, including those that relate to the applicability of federal statutes and regulations, the PREP Act, and relevant federal and state cases. In addition, we provide updates from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and other patent offices around the world that impact patent and trademark prosecution. We are also actively involved in counseling clients on IP licensing and other contractual issues in view of the COVID-19 impact.

Labor and Employment

Labor and EmploymentEmployment law and workforce management issues have been front and center throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses work to maintain operations while keeping their employees safe. As vaccines raise the prospect of returning to a pre-pandemic paradigm, new challenges will emerge for employers. Our labor and employment working group advises clients on the entire range of workforce management issues implicated in the COVID-19 crisis, such as developing an employee vaccination policy, managing sick and family leaves and remote working arrangements, addressing potential exposure situations, and interpreting and applying employment laws and regulations being issued in response to the crisis.

Litigation

LitigationThe litigation working group helps clients resolve, or litigate if necessary, disputes involving vendor agreements, contracts for canceled meetings and conferences, and more. Our professionals help clients understand whether and how they can screen people from affected countries attending client conferences and meetings.

Nonprofits and Professional/Trade Associations

NonprofitsOur attorneys that serve nonprofits and professional/trade associations are advising clients on the myriad of corporate, tax and commercial matters arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are collaborating with attorneys across our entire platform to advise clients on questions regarding their contractual obligations (e.g., event, meeting, sponsor and attendee impacts), insurance coverage and risk management questions, sensitive employment matters, and stakeholder communications.  In addition, we are assisting employers and their related charities (public charities, private foundations and donor advised funds) with the creation or expansion of employee assistance programs to meet the emerging needs of their workforce.  Together with our public affairs colleagues, we are advising our clients of the federal and state loan and grant opportunities for which they may qualify in this current environment.  Our nonprofit clients are meeting critical needs within our communities and we are privileged to provide legal support so that they can focus on their core charitable mission.

Product Liability and Mass Torts

Product Liability and Mass TortsThe product liability and mass torts working group assists manufacturers with risk assessment, labeling, crisis management, tort liability issues, exposure issues and product warranties. Our multidisciplinary team helps manufacturers avoid, mitigate and defend against product liability, class actions and mass torts arising from injuries occurring in the United States and abroad relating to COVID-19. We can help you develop and execute a comprehensive approach to guide you through this complex and fast-moving situation, counsel you on applicable regulations providing immunity to certain manufacturers and distributors of COVID-19 related products, including the PREP Act and other state and federal regulations, help walk you through amending contracts to mitigate future tort liability, and partner with you to defend against any claims or litigation that may arise from the global pandemic.

Public Companies (SEC)

Public CompaniesThe public companies/SEC working group draws on decades of high-level government, industry and law firm experience to help clients keep up with — and get ahead of — rapidly changing guidance from SEC, NYSE and other financial regulators. We provide counsel and hands-on assistance with public company compliance and disclosures, regulatory filings by registered entities, and examination and enforcement inspections and investigations.

Real Estate

real estate coronavirusThe COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a major shift in the workplace model, as remote work has substantially reduced the need for office space. Our COVID-19 real estate working group advises real estate owners, developers, property managers and builders on how to adapt to this changing real estate market. We also advise clients on how the pandemic may affect new and existing real estate loans and contracts as well as proposed developments and support clients on property management issues emerging from the pandemic.

Small Business and Franchise

franchiseOur small business and franchise working group advises clients on the myriad legal, business and public health issues they face with COVID-19. These attorneys and consultants are engaging daily with clients on identifying strategies to help them survive the COVID-19 challenges.

State, Local and Tribal Governments

Local GovernmentsOur state, local and tribal governments working group partners with officials and private clients on the public health response to the COVID-19 threat. Our professionals are working with public agencies as they establish and implement emergency management powers that affect businesses and citizens and on how state, local and tribal governments will provide public services during the pandemic.

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