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No-Look Fees May Limit Ch. 13 Resources In COVID-19 Era

By George Vogl and Xiaoming Wu

No-look fees for debtor attorneys can offer courts a streamlined approach as Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings rise in the pandemic, but can also create an uneven playing field, with these attorneys facing significant, and potentially insurmountable, challenges in meeting the demand if they cannot be adequately compensated, say George Vogl at Stretto and Xiaoming Wu at Billbusters Borges. 

Google Judge To Keep Video Status Hearings After COVID-19

By Hannah Albarazi

A California federal judge overseeing consumers' and app developers' antitrust claims against Google over its Play app store said Thursday he'll continue holding status conferences online "ad infinitum" even after COVID-19 vaccinations become widespread, lauding the time and money saved as well as the benefits to attorneys' work-life balance.

Campaigners Seek To Bolster UK Gov't PPE Contract Suit

By Richard Crump

A British campaign group on Thursday sought to amend its lawsuit against the U.K. government for awarding millions of pounds of contracts for pandemic-related work to private companies without competitive bidding, claiming the government had made misleading statements to get the challenge pared down.

NYC Hotel Co. Slams Insurers' Bids To Dismiss COVID-19 Suit

By Joyce Hanson

A New York City boutique hotel operator has filed a pair of briefs in state court opposing two insurance companies' bids to dismiss its suit seeking coverage for COVID-19-related losses, arguing that partial loss of the use of its properties meets a "direct physical loss" standard.

Northeastern Says In-Person Classes Aren't Guaranteed

By Chris Villani

Northeastern University on Thursday sought to duck a suit brought by students seeking reimbursement for classes shifted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telling a judge it never promised in-person classes under any circumstances.

Internet Orgs Urge Congress To Prioritize Broadband Access

By Kelcee Griffis

An array of broadband groups are urging lawmakers to solidify funding for broadband access and mapping this month, saying it should be a top priority for Congress before the end of the year.


Expert Analysis

No-Look Fees May Limit Ch. 13 Resources In COVID-19 Era

No-look fees for debtor attorneys can offer courts a streamlined approach as Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings rise in the pandemic, but can also create an uneven playing field, with these attorneys facing significant, and potentially insurmountable, challenges in meeting the demand if they cannot be adequately compensated, say George Vogl at Stretto and Xiaoming Wu at Billbusters Borges. 

The Pandemic's Toll On Criminal Defendant Rights: Part 2

Attorneys at DLA Piper look at how prepandemic precedent affords courts substantial discretion to limit criminal defendants' constitutional rights to confront witnesses and to receive a speedy trial during the COVID-19 crisis.

How COVID-19 May Change Universities' Use Of P3s

Universities using public-private partnerships for campus capital and maintenance projects face potential losses from reductions in demand and revenue caused by COVID-19 — but university P3s may continue to flourish with contractual limits on private partners' risks, say Yukiko Kojima and Josh Burke at Nossaman.

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