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Proposed Federal Guidelines Mandate Weekly COVID-19 Testing at Nursing Homes

Nursing homes in some areas would be required to test staff and visitors for COVID-19 on a weekly basis under planned rules from the Trump administration. The testing requirement, announced July 22 as part of a set of initiatives aimed at further protecting nursing home residents from coronavirus, would apply to all nursing homes in…

Property Owner Settles Tenant Lawsuit for $3.5 Million

The former owner and manager of two apartment complexes in Washington, D.C. will pay $3.5 million to settle a tenant lawsuit alleging rat and bed bug infestations, sewage leaks, mold contamination and other hazards. The lawsuit, brought by the district’s attorney general in October 2018, also claimed the buildings’ hundreds of tenants were subjected to…

Toxic Hand Sanitizer and Cub Scout Pins, Mislabeled Granola Underscore Recall Risks

Dozens of hand sanitizer products have been recalled or recommended for recall for potentially containing methanol, which can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first alerted consumers in June about the presence of methanol, also known as wood alcohol, in nine products. Since then, the…

More Bars, Restaurants Can Now Deliver Alcohol, Shifting Liability Risks

A bill that would allow home delivery of alcoholic beverages in Georgia is moving forward after it won approval in the Georgia House of Representatives on June 25. House Bill 879, headed to Governor Brian Kemp for consideration within 45 days, would permit stores and some restaurants to provide home delivery of beer, wine and…

Reopened Businesses Contend with Mask Mandates, Liability Waivers and New Risks

On June 20 an Orange County, Florida Walmart employee was assaulted by a customer who refused to wear a mask despite a county-wide executive order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It is one of many disputes that have erupted in recent weeks over mask mandates from various state and local governments as well…

Lawsuits Allege Accounting Firm Breach Exposed 170,000 Patients’ Data

Two patients are pursuing class-action status for their lawsuits against a Colonie, New York health care company and its accounting firm over a 2019 data breach that reportedly exposed the sensitive information of 170,000 patients. The lawsuits allege BST & Co. CPAs, the accounting firm for Community Care Physicians, experienced a ransomware attack in December…

From Pools to ‘Pandemic Puppies,’ Backyard Family Fun Brings Risk

Sales of pools, trampolines and other backyard recreational items have surged in recent weeks as families try to salvage a summer marred by camp closures, community pool shutdowns, travel restrictions and continued anxiety over the COVID-19 crisis. Vendors in the U.S. and Canada have sold out of above-ground pools while pool shop owners continue to…

Vandalism, Storms, and Lawsuits Plague Beleaguered Businesses

Businesses around the world are experiencing the effects of the largest economic downturn since the 1940s. Some economists show the U.S. as having exited or nearly recovered from the recession that began in February, and Canada is showing signs of recovering from its deepest recession on record. Nevertheless, businesses continue to face numerous risks while…

Hospitality Sector Adapts to New Risks, Restrictions as Casinos, Hotels Reopen

Caesars Palace, MGM Resorts and several other Las Vegas hotel-casinos are slated to resume operations starting June 4, according to the Nevada governor’s May 26 press release. Though Las Vegas casinos must implement requirements such as mandatory temperature checks for guests and are subject to various restrictions, reopening is a significant milestone in the embattled…

Heavy Rain, Dam Failures Unleash ‘500-Year Flood’ in Mid-Michigan

Approximately 10,000 Michigan residents were forced to evacuate their homes on May 19 after catastrophic dam failures sent flood waters rushing through Midland and Saginaw counties, destroying homes, decimating roads and bridges, and leaving one small village in near ruin. Heavy rainfall in the area caused water levels in the Tittabawassee River to surge, leading…