Force Majeure Clauses And Commercial Leases

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July 30, 2020 – DHC Partners Robert Rattet, Derek Wolman, and William Mack, with Of Counsel James Glucksman published an op-ed in the New York Law Journal discussing the application of the force majeure English common law doctrine – unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract – to modern contract law. The force majeure doctrine was used more than one hundred […]

Update: New York State Legislative Session in Albany

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July 24, 2020 – In an abnormal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this week the State Legislature met in Albany to conclude what was their normal session. This week was about wrapping up legislative priorities, as well as, passing bills needed for the functioning of local governments. Proposals of note that passed this week […]

Governor Cuomo Implements Three Strike Policy for New York City Restaurants

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July 16, 2020 – Governor Cuomo announced a “three strikes and you’re closed” policy for restaurants and bars in New York City: any establishment that receives three violations of the social distancing requirements will be closed. Egregious violations can still result in the business’ immediate loss of its liquor license and/or a closure order. Additionally, […]

SBA and Treasury Release PPP Data

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July 6, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This disclosure covers each of the 4.9 million PPP loans that have been made. “The PPP is providing much-needed relief to millions of American small businesses, supporting […]

NYC Council Vote to Approve $88.19 Billion Budget and Reallocate NYPD Resources

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July 1, 2020 – At last night’s Stated Meeting of the New York City Council, which ran into the early hours of this morning, Council Members voted to pass an $88.19 billion budget for FY 2021 — 32 in the affirmative, and 17 in the negative. The COVID-19 health crisis and related economic downturn; coupled with […]

DHC Newsletter – June 2020

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Landlords and Tenants Negotiating and Making Deals DHC’s Co-Managing Partner Larry Hutcher and Commercial Litigation Partner William Mack are representing L Brands, Inc. — the parent company to Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works — in two litigation matters filed in the New York State Supreme Court. DHC has filed complaints seeking to rescind certain of the company’s […]

Phase II Outdoor Dining Compliance & Enforcement Issues; Delay of NYC Entering Phase III

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June 29, 2020 – Governor Cuomo’s announcement this morning that there are complications with New York City’s entering Phase III (which is currently anticipated to be on July 6) as a result of individuals and businesses not complying with social distancing requirements forebodes a delay in New York City’s entering Phase III and, consequentially, the […]

William Mack discusses the “frustration of purpose “ doctrine

William Mack, Commercial Litigation, Attorney, DHC, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, NYC, New York City

June 24, 2020 – DHC’s Partner William Mack, an experienced commercial litigation attorney, discussed the “frustration of purpose” doctrine in contract law with the Commercial Observer. Mack noted that the common law allows parties to contract to seek to modify or void the contract’s terms when an unforeseen event – such as a global pandemic […]

Jeff Citron comments on Recent Commercial Lease Negotiations amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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June 23, 2020 – DHC’s Co-Managing Partner Jeffrey Citron shared his thoughts on recent commercial lease negotiations amid the COVID-19 pandemic with MarketWatch, Mr. Citron noted that in most situations, landlords and tenants should try to reach a mutually agreeable compromise before litigation, although sometimes litigation can serve as a prelude to negotiation. With the […]

Jeff Citron authored an op-ed in the Westchester County Business Journal

June 22, 2020 – DHC’s Co-Managing Partner Jeffrey Citron wrote an op-ed for the Westchester County Business Journal on businesses recovering from a crisis, as when longtime client Madelaine Chocolate Company’s factory was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Mr. Citron, who advises many companies as outside general counsel, described how DHC’s legal and government relations team […]