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Nursing and veterans homes were among the hardest hit facilities in the early days of the pandemic, with the outbreak among older patients prompting widespread outrage and calls for reform. Now, under legislation the governor signed in February, those facilities, hospitals, surgery centers, senior homes and hospice centers will be required to report COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities of their staff to state health officials.

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Here to stay

On June 17, The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the ACA in California v. Texas. The Court’s 7-2 decision concluded that the plaintiffs did not have standing to litigate the constitutionality of the law. In this week's Closing Entry, Corporate Synergies General Counsel and Senior Vice President Daniel Kuperstein writes about what that means for employers.

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US Supreme Court backs PennEast Pipeline in dispute over NJ land (access required)

In a 5-4 ruling, the justices overturned a lower court ruling that favored the State of New Jersey, saying that the Natural Gas Act enacted in 1938, which allows private energy companies to seize land for a project if they have obtained a certificate from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reflecting that the construction of a pipeline “is or will be required by the present or future public convenience and necessity,” can be applied to state-owned land.

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A  Superior Court judge ruled that the owners of a Ridgewood restaurant could proceed with litigation against their landlords, who they sued on grounds that they shouldn’t have to pay rent for the months of business they lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. And according to the plaintiff’s attorney, how the case shakes out could have far-reaching effects on the rights of similar operators.

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