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Minn. Says Federal COVID Funds Taxable As State Income

By Sanjay Talwani

Minnesota taxpayers are liable for state income tax on money received from federal pandemic relief programs because the state has not conformed to federal law excluding those funds from taxable income, the state tax department said Monday.

Twitter Spy Case Jury Deliberates Amid COVID-19 'Time Bomb'

By Bonnie Eslinger

A California federal judge overseeing the trial of an ex-Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia persuaded the parties on Monday to proceed with a trimmed jury panel after one juror dropped out with COVID-19, saying the risk of others catching the disease meant the trial faced "a ticking time bomb."

NJ Town Must Face Firefighters' Vaccine Exemptions Suit

By Bill Wichert

A New Jersey state judge refused Monday to toss a discrimination lawsuit against West Orange from firefighters alleging the township improperly denied their requests for exemptions from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, citing the municipality's conflicting positions on the workers' religious and medical arguments.

Exec Defrauded Medicare With COVID Test Lies, Jury Told

By Dorothy Atkins

Prosecutors told a California federal jury during trial openings Monday that Arrayit Corp.'s president defrauded the Medicare program, patients and investors out of millions with lies about its COVID-19 tests, while defense counsel argued that the defendant dedicated his life to science and never thought he was defrauding anybody.

What Real Estate Attys Have Learned About Force Majeure

By Andrew McIntyre

Real estate lawyers have had more than two years to focus their attention on force majeure clauses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and attorneys say such clauses have changed markedly but questions remain. Here, Law360 looks at three ways the pandemic has shaped force majeure clauses.

Real Estate Co. Excluded Black Worker From Bonus, Suit Says

By David Holtzman

An African American employee sued The RMR Group LLC, a real estate asset management company, in Atlanta federal court, alleging he was denied gift cards and a bonus given to other staff because of his race, and was fired when he complained.


Expert Analysis

Recent State Rulings Buck Trend In COVID Insurance Disputes

For the last two years, policyholders have been mostly unsuccessful in arguing that commercial property policies should cover losses suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a trio of recent state court decisions suggests that the pendulum may swing in policyholders' favor, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

The Role Of Morality In IP Suits Over COVID-19 Vaccines

Recent patent infringement suits involving the COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna raise interesting legal and moral issues — like whether infringement should be alleged if it was done during the course of accomplishing a greater good, say Lynn Lehnert and Sara Pilson at Goldberg Segalla.

EEOC Guidance Creates Hurdles To On-Site COVID Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's updated guidance on workplace COVID-19 testing shifts the onus of meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards to employers, meaning that companies should diligently document their justification for mandated tests, say Maryam Maleki and Michael Cohen at Duane Morris.

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