COVID-19 is the new virus this country has been preparing to take on for decades – and has, so far, failed miserably to stop. While peer countries have managed to get it under control, the United States faces rising cases and deaths. This has been, first and foremost, a failure of leadership and the implementation of an effective response.
On October 7, 2020, Morgan Lewis Partner Christina Edling Melendi moderated a virtual panel discussion examining the impact of COVID-19 on shareholder activism in the retail industry. Panelists included attorneys and consultants alike from some of the nation’s top legal and consulting firms. The panel’s focus was aimed squarely at helping retailers understand the threats they may face in the wake of the pandemic, as well as possible strategies to defend themselves against activist campaigns.
Even during a time of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals and other unsavory individuals continue to prey on the vulnerable and look to use technology and fraudulent schemes to generate profit. Adding to already known nefarious actions, such as domain name cybersquatting and ransomware attacks, now trademarks are under increasing attack.