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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) resources for healthcare facilities

The safety of our communities is of top concern to us and we want to make sure you have the right resources to manage through a time of uncertainty in light of COVID-19 activity. Hospitals, long-term care, and medical facilities can be a source of support and risk at times like these, with healthcare facilities and professionals on the front line. All of the time, but especially at moments like this, we can’t thank you enough for the important work you do.



Weinstein Verdict Emboldens #MeToo Movement

“Watershed Moment for the #MeToo Movement” read the lead article in The New York Times.  “VICTORY FOR #METOO MOVEMENT,” was the cover story headline of The New York Post. The articles appeared on February 25, 2020, the day following the Harvey Weinstein guilty verdict of two sex crimes.  The jury in the criminal trial at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan convicted Weinstein of one count of rape and one count of sexual assault; each of which carries a prison sentence that will be handed down on March 11th.  The verdict is a startling outcome for the once-powerful media mogul who ignited the #MeToo Movement just three years ago.



Contractual Provisions For Timely and Successful Payment of Professional Fees

Provisions for payment of professional design fees and expenses are essential elements of a written contract signed by both the firm and client responsible for the financing of the project. A written agreement stipulates the terms and conditions under which payments will be made, helping to avoid potential ambiguity when and if project disputes arise. If the financing of the project is contingent or deferred or if the funds are being held by third parties, such as investors, banks or holding companies, the firm may require third party signatory to the contract to assure access to those funds. The following overview sets forth key contractual provisions that have proven critical to secure prompt and timely project payment.



Design Firm Strategies to Help Ensure Payment for Professional Services

Professional architecture and design firms depend on sound financial billing and contractual practices to achieve financial success.  Revenue is the driver of long term firm stability. Appropriate client and project selection are crucial for helping to ensure payment for services throughout the life of a project.  Architects and engineers can benefit by following a course of strategies for timely payment of services and mutually-productive client relationships.



The #MeToo Movement Continues to Propel Litigation

What started as a tweet from Alyssa Milano in 2017 triggered the ascent of the #MeTooMovement on social media that has transfixed the nation into a cultural phenomenon of revelation and disgust.  High profile cases involving allegations of sexual assault against once powerful men in the media and entertainment industries, organized athletic programs, religious organizations and institutions dominate the headlines.