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Happy 4th of July!
In observance and honor of Independence Day, all Andrews Myers offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd.

We will reopen on Monday, July 6th.

Wishing you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy holiday.
Corporate
Mask Order Updates
by Wesley Walker  On Tuesday June 30, the Harris County Commissioners Court voted to extend the county’s official COVID-19 disaster declaration through August 26, 2020. This disaster declaration is directly linked to Harris County's current mask order for all businesses, thus paving the way for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to extend the county's current mask order through August 26th as well. As a reminder, that order mandates that businesses require employees and patrons to wear face coverings or potentially be subjected to a $1,000 fine. 
 
Also, since our last mask order update on June 23, additional counties and cities have joined Austin, Travis and Harris counties in issuing their own commercial orders. Click here for a list of cities and counties with mask orders for businesses in Texas.
Litigation
Court Issues 18th Coronavirus Emergency Order
by Bob Plessala  On Monday, June 29, the Texas Supreme Court issued its 18th Emergency Order concerning the judiciary’s response to Covid-19. The Order slightly modifies the 17th Order issued by the Court on May 26.
 
First, all Texas courts may modify or suspend deadlines for civil and criminal cases (except in child-welfare cases) but for a stated period no later than September 30 whether the deadlines are statutory, by rule or by order. This provision and the September 30 end date remain unchanged from the 17th Order. Courts are to liberally allow remote participation and other measures to deal with Covid-19.
 
Second, the Court extended the ban on jury proceedings to September 1 (August 1 in the 17th Order). A court must not hold a jury proceeding, including jury selection or a jury trial, before September 1, with exceptions for specially authorized jury trials before then. In that regard, the Office of Court Administration, with regional presiding judges and local administrative judges, are to assist trial courts with any limited jury proceedings before September 1, whether in-person or by remote proceedings involving trial and grand jurors. No later than August 15 the Office of Court Administration must recommend to the Supreme Court provisions for future jury proceedings based on its evaluations of specially authorized jury proceedings.
 
Third, any deadline for the filing or service of any civil case that falls on a day between March 13 and August 1 (previously July 1) is extended until September 15 (previously August 15). As previous emergency orders have noted, this does not include deadlines for perfecting appeals or for other appellate proceedings.
 
The order is set to expire on August 31.
Important Information on COVID-19

June 30 -- AM Monthly Law Alert | June 2020
June 26 -- Newest Guidelines for Houston and Texas
June 24 -- Unmasking the Three Mask Orders
June 19 -- Employment Law Update
June 05 -- PPP Flexibility Act
June 04 -- Phase III Texas | OSHA Updates 
May 27 -- PPP Forgiveness | Rent Deferment | Hidalgo Order 
May 19 -- AM Monthly Law Alert | May 2020 
May 13 -- Good Faith Certification | EEOC & OSHA Updates 
May 06 -- Governor Abbott Accelerates Plan to Reopen Texas
April 28 -- Governor Abbott's Phased Plan to Reopen Business
April 24 -- New PPP and EIDL Funds | Employee COVID-19 Testing
April 23 -- COVID-19 Update | Harris County Face Cover Order
April 21 -- COVID-19 Update | Legal Update | 4.21.2020
April 17 -- New Orders Issued by Governor | COVID & eDiscovery
April 16 -- PPP Funds Depleted | CDC Update
April 14 -- Austin and Travis County Issue Updated Orders
April 13 -- New Programs for Small Businesses | OSHA Updates
April 07 -- PPP & 250 Billion Boost | EIDL | Austin Jobsite Poster
April 06 -- COVID-19 | Legal Update | 4.06.2020
April 03 -- Revised PPP Application| Webinar | Rising Stars
April 02 -- City of Austin Accepts GA 14 Executive Order
April 01 -- Commercial & Multifamily Construction
March 31 -- Governor Issues Support for Construction Industry
March 31 -- COVID-19 | Legal Update 3.31.2020
March 30 -- The CARES Act of 2020 Further Explained
March 29 -- The CARES Act of 2020
March 27 -- UPDATE | Providing Paid Sick Leave and FMLA
March 25 -- City of Austin Memorandum Causing Confusion
March 24 -- Stay Home, Work Safe
March 24 -- Bankruptcy and Restructuring Options
March 23 -- Not Triggering Force Majeure | Litigation Delays
March 20 -- COVID-19 | Latest Development Impacting our Clients
March 19 -- Texas Governor Issues COVID-19 Executive Order
March 19 -- Mechanic's Liens in the Time of Corona
March 19 -- Trump Signs Law to Grant Paid Sick Leave
March 17 -- CDC Guidelines & The Americans with Disabilities Act
March 16 -- Coronavirus Employment Obligations
March 13 -- COVID-19 & Force Majeure

About Andrews Myers
Celebrating 30 Years in 2020
Founded in 1990, with offices in Houston and Austin, Andrews Myers, Attorneys at Law, is a corporate law firm and recognized market leader in Texas construction law.  The firm focuses on the concentrated disciplines of commercial litigation, construction, commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, with additional emphasis on related issues including bankruptcy and insolvency, energy, employment and capital formation. A seasoned team of attorneys provides timely and cost-effective solutions to the most complex problems facing entrepreneurs and middle-market industry leaders throughout the state and the nation. For more information please visit www.andrewsmyers.com.
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