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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP  

Legal Services | Kentucky, USA

http://www.dinsmore.com/
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101 S. Fifth Street, Suite 2500 | Louisville | Kentucky | 40202 | USA

Meet The Team


April Besl

April L. BeslPartner

  • Intellectual Property
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits Industry

Lewis Diaz

Lewis DiazPartner

  • Public Finance
  • Housing

Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Orr MitchellPartner

  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • False Claims Act


Julie Schoepf

Julie A. SchoepfPartner

  • Commercial Finance
  • Corporate & Transactional

Joseph Tucker

Joseph N. TuckerPartner

  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Faith Whittaker

Faith C. WhittakerPartner

  • Employment
  • Employment Discrimination Litigation


Latest Alerts


Government Watchdog on Alert for COVID-19 Fraud
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

As the impact of the coronavirus continues to grow and develop, government watchdogs are on high alert for fraud and scams that may arise. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking him to establish a nationwide task force to monitor and investigate fraud under the False Claims Act (FCA). The letter acknowledges the deterrent effect of the FCA, which will be critical to combat fraud associated with federal funding related to the coronavirus, including federal health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid...

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How Kentucky Secretary of State’s COVID-19 Protocols May Affect Your Business
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

While many people begin to work from home in an effort to practice social distancing, it is important to remember that corporate needs still arise for many individuals and their businesses. Effective 5:00 p.m. on March 18, 2020, the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office closed to walk-in services. Additionally, Kentucky government agencies, including the Secretary of State’s office, have been asked to reduce staffing by 50 percent and work remotely. Many businesses may be worried about corporate deadlines, obtaining notarized documents, and working with the Secretary of State’s office in light of the in-person restrictions and staff reduction...

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CMS Announces Physician Payments Sunshine Act Reporting Will Continue as Scheduled
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced during a March 19, 2020 teleconference for physicians and teaching hospitals that it does not have the authority to postpone the statutory timeline for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act).[1] This means, despite current operational challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturers subject to the Sunshine Act must report applicable payments and transfers of value to teaching hospitals and physicians by March 31, 2020...

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Open Meeting Laws - Sunshine Laws
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

Every state has an Open Meeting Law, or Sunshine Law requiring public bodies to take official action and conduct deliberations in open meetings. Open meetings are defined as an in-person meeting open to the public with a certain number of legislators or board members physically present to establish a quorum and participate in the meeting. Legislative bodies and governmental agencies and boards are struggling to continue to function normally while heeding the direction to avoid gatherings; and many are beginning to turn to teleconference, videoconference, or internet platforms to continue operations...

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Order Halting Non-Essential Surgeries in Ohio May Excuse Contractual Non-Performance for Affected Health Care Providers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced in a press conference on March 17, 2020 that all elective surgeries would be postponed in the State of Ohio effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 18, 2020 until further notice. The Order, issued by Director of the Ohio Department of Health Amy Acton, is available here: (https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHOOD/2020/03/17/file_attachments/1403950/Director%27s%20Order%20non-essential%20surgery%203-17-2020.pdf). It defines non-essential surgery as a “procedure that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient...

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US Extension of Individual and Business Tax Filing Deadline to July 15
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday on Twitter that the U.S. will extend the tax filing deadline of April 15, 2020 for 2019 individual and business tax returns until July 15, 2020. Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that the payment deadline for any 2019 individual income tax due, including 2020 first quarter estimated payments due April 15, 2020, was deferred until July 15, 2020. Although many states follow the federal individual income tax return filing dates, we caution you to check the state filing dates that apply to you...

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State Medical Board of Ohio Relaxes Regulations in Fight Against COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

On March 18, 2020, the State Medical Board of Ohio (“Board”) held a special meeting, which resulted in the temporary suspension of certain regulatory enforcement activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telemedicine Effective immediately, the Board will suspend enforcement of any regulations requiring in-person visits between providers and patients. This includes enforcement of regulations that typically require an in-person visit prior to prescribing medications, including controlled substances such as opioids and medical marijuana...

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Boilerplate Contract Language Coming to the Forefront: Force Majeure Clauses and COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

The rapid spread of COVID-19 and the swift and sweeping action from government agencies at all levels are having a ripple effect on markets. These events are causing significant disruption in most industries, including the cancellation/postponement of major conferences and events like South by Southwest, March Madness, and Facebook’s F8, and Mobile World Congress. One impact is that many companies are struggling to meet their obligations under their contracts. If your company is in this situation, you may find potential relief within a “boilerplate” provision in your contracts: the Force Majeure Clause...

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Tort-Focused Legal Considerations for Healthcare Providers and Product Manufacturers in the COVID-19 Landscape
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

Introduction While the long-term litigation effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may not materialize for months – or even years – it is important for tort litigation attorneys and their clients to begin preparing now for potential legal issues that may arise. This bulletin is intended to serve as a non-exhaustive list of tort-focused legal considerations for health care providers, product manufacturers, and their attorneys in the new and ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape. Issues Facing Medical Facilities and Providers Health care providers worldwide are on the front line of the battle to detect and treat cases of the COVID-19 virus...

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Summary of Amendments to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on Paid Leave and Health Care
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

In the early hours of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the United States House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which is designed to expand relief in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, through access to free testing, enhancing food assistance, increasing Medicaid funding, and providing paid sick leave and unemployment benefits to workers. On Monday evening, March 16, the House passed amendments to the FFCRA before sending it to the Senate for consideration. Read below for updates on the amendments that affect emergency paid sick leave, new leave under the FMLA for a public health emergency, and health care...

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Ohio Department Of Health Orders Cancellation of All Non-Essential Surgeries to Preserve PPE
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

Ohio continues to be a leader in proactive restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 and securing the resources necessary to do so. On March 17, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH announced an ODH Order requiring the cancellation of all non-essential or elective surgeries or procedures that use personal protective equipment (PPE). This Order is effective at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020...

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Origins of the Force Majeure Clause and Impossibility of Contractual Performance Defense
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

Our colleagues have discussed the application and interpretation of force majeure clauses in contracts related to COVID-19 disruptions. These clauses are included in a contract by the parties and spell out the circumstances under which performance will be excused during one of the specified circumstances, such as natural disaster, disease, epidemic, or pandemic. But what happens when a contract contains no force majeure provision? The short answer is that courts look to common law principles developed over time. These principles include impossibility of performance, frustration of purpose, and impracticability of performance...

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Weighs in on COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a public statement on its website on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, providing updated guidance on acceptable employment practices in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The statement highlights common questions employers may have regarding how to manage employee issues related to COVID-19 and provides guidance. The EEOC’s statement clarifies that employers are permitted to ask employees if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and may require employees who are exhibiting those symptoms to stay home from work...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Control in Nursing Homes
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

During the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), nursing home safety is a top priority, since most of the residents are at a higher risk of getting sick from the virus.[1] To help control and prevent the spread of the virus in nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided additional guidance on March 13, 2020.[2] As outlined in the CMS guidance, all nursing home facilities nationwide should restrict visitation of ALL visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for in certain end-of-life situations. In an end-of-life situation, visitors should be limited to a specific room only...

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COVID-19: Implications for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

The coronavirus is making a significant impact to our daily lives in every respect. This includes a growing impact on the global economy and the day-to-day business activities of pharmaceutical and medical device companies. This legal alert summarizes the evolving situation and its implications on the operations of life sciences companies. HHS Declaration of Liability Immunity Issued The U.S...

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MSHA and COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

Less than one week ago the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 (coronavirus) a pandemic. In the days that have followed, the United States House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to provide access to testing, food assistance, Medicaid funding, paid sick leave and unemployment benefits to workers. The United States Senate is expected to pass a version to be signed into law in the near future. COVID-19 is certainly a national concern that will affect many individuals and businesses. Moving forward there will be questions and few answers on how to approach this issue...

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Just Breaking: A Preliminary Report for Employers on the Coronavirus House Bill
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

  In the early hours of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which is designed to expand relief in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, through access to free testing, enhancing food assistance, increasing Medicaid funding, and providing paid sick leave and unemployment benefits to workers. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will now be considered by the Senate, which is expected to pass a version of it that will be signed into law within a week...

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COVID-19 Declared a Pandemic and New Travel Restrictions Announced: What Employers Need to Know Now
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) a pandemic. “This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will touch every sector,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general. “So every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight.” https://www.who...

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2019 Novel Coronavirus & Flu: What Employers Need to Know on Quarantines and Preventing the Spread of Disease in the Workplace
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

Flu season is in full swing. with the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) confirming over 155,000 positive U.S. cases of influenza since Sept. 29, 2019. Simultaneously, the coronavirus COVID-19 has spread rapidly across China, with at least 70,000 confirmed cases, including 15 confirmed cases in the United States. In response, employers need to be prepared to assist employees in staying safe and complying with potential quarantines. Beginning Feb...

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