Coronavirus Update – Litigation Matters

As we at Goldstein Hall continue to monitor the Coronavirus and COVID-19 threat, we want to reach out to our Clients to assure them that we are continuing to work through this difficult time. Our attorneys and support staff continue to work from home and are available via emails, telephone conversations, and even video conferencing with you.

Additionally, please be advised that the New York State Court System is also responding to this threat on an evolving basis. The New York State Courts have advised that as of Monday May 25, 2020 electronic filings of new non-essential matters, be permitted. This follows the recent news that new motions, responsive papers to previously filed motions and other applications, including post-judgment applications, may be filed electronically in all pending cases. While certain details in non-electronically filed cases are still to be worked out by the Court, this is welcome news to many litigants. Also, the New York Courts previously started to hold certain hearings and conferences by phone and video.

Currently, the filing of new cases or actions in Landlord Tenant proceedings, where there is a moratorium on all evictions remains in effect, is still prohibited. Previously the Courts have permitted actions by tenants seeking to stop evictions, and actions seeking to address serious code violations or serious repair orders. In addition, the Court’s will now start to hold virtual settlement conferences, presided by Judges, in an effort to reach settlements without the need for trial or additional litigation. Consent of both parties is not required to request such a conference.

Federal Courts remain open and cases are proceeding through phone and video conferencing.

Please do not hesitate to contact Litigation Partner Brian J. Markowitz at bmarkowitz@goldsteinhall.com or (646) 768-4127 or your Goldstein Hall attorney for more information.

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