In the Coronavirus era, the business world is scrambling to keep pace. In navigating the CARES Act, payday assistance, office shutdowns, health and safety plans and more, business leaders are searching for answers. Litigators are also struggling to advise their clients about when and if ongoing disputes will move forward in the courts and, in some instances, whether initiating litigation carries additional concerns during this uncertain time. For example, some courts in California are completely closed, forcing litigators to come up with creative solutions to solve pressing problems where traditional solutions like restraining orders and other injunctive relief are not available.
To complicate matters, there is no uniformity of approach. Some jurisdictions are moving forward with hearings via Zoom or telephone conference while others leave it to individual judges to make operational decisions. Amidst this chaos, questions arise about the safety and security of the technical resources available to carry on with hearings, depositions, client meetings and other matters routinely handled in person, and their attendant risks. With that in mind, here are some practical tips:
In summary, it is important for companies and their attorneys to learn the best practices for protecting their privacy and security now in order to mitigate their risk of suffering negative impacts from the coronavirus. For more information about recommended steps, please contact your Foley relationship partner. For additional web-based resources available to assist you in monitoring the spread of the coronavirus on a global basis, you may wish to visit the CDCWorld Health Organization