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Coronavirus Legal News Briefing (5.14.20)

Originally published by Amy Starnes.

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community.

Commentary: What can law firm leaders learn from a pandemic? — This is the moment to demonstrate leadership, and the opportunity should not be wasted. — ABA Journal

Pay cuts, layoffs, and more: How law firms are managing the pandemic — A firm-by-firm guide to how law firms are protecting their bottom lines from the economic fallout of the coronavirus. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer

Texas attorney general asks state Supreme Court to step into fight over voting by mail — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the Texas Supreme Court to weigh in on his interpretation of how voters can qualify for absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.— The Texas Tribune

New York lawyer who was ‘patient zero’ for COVID-19 community spread speaks out on his unlikely recovery (video) — He credits his lawyer wife for saving his life. — Above the Law

Family of health care worker who died of coronavirus sues nursing home — The family of an Austin nursing home worker who died of coronavirus last month sued the facility and its operator for $1 million in damages. — Austin American-Statesman

Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing virus — The administration is quickly expelling them under an emergency declaration citing the coronavirus pandemic, with 600 minors expelled in April alone. — The Associated Press

Coronavirus tests are supposed to be free. Some Texans are still being saddled with large bills. — Congress directed most insurance companies to cover test costs for insured patients in March, and has promised to reimburse providers for testing those who are uninsured. — The Texas Tribune

‘Love & Hip Hop’ star, Texas engineer charged with coronavirus bailout fraud — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday said it has charged two more individuals for defrauding the U.S. government coronavirus bailout program. — Reuters

Wisconsin high court tosses out governor’s stay-home order — The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators. — The Associated Press

SBA and Texas-based loan agency to offer webinar — The Small Business Administration and PeopleFund, a loan agency based in Austin, are teaming up for a webinar on Friday that will provide information about available disaster assistance resources and is open to all Texas residents. — Victoria Advocate

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Original author: Amy Starnes
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