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Dykema  

Legal Services | Michigan, USA

https://www.dykema.com/
tel: +1 313 568 6800 | fax: +1 313 568 6893
400 Renaissance Center | Detroit | Michigan | 48243 | USA

Meet The Team


Thomas Alleman

Thomas B. AllemanMember

  • Agency Enforcement & Private Party Litigation
  • Appellate

Laura Baucus

Laura C. BaucusMember

  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Financial Services Litigation

John Dulske

John C. DulskeMember

  • Government Policy & Practice
  • Litigation


Brandon Durrett

Brandon E. DurrettMember

  • Business Services
  • Energy Regulatory

Eric Fingerhut

Eric T. FingerhutMember

  • Copyright
  • Dental Service Organizations Group

Jeffrey Gifford

Jeffrey C. GiffordMember

  • Business Services
  • Family Business Transition Team


Grant Gilezan

Grant P. GilezanMember

  • Environmental

Kyle Hauberg

Kyle R. HaubergMember

  • Real Estate
  • Leasing & Property Management

James Hermon

James F. HermonMember

  • Litigation
  • Labor & Employment


Howard Iwrey

Howard B. IwreyMember

  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Eric Klein

Eric S. KleinMember

  • Health Care
  • Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations

Bonnie Mayfield

Bonnie MayfieldMember

  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation


Cinthia Motley

Cinthia Granados MotleyMember

  • Business & Commercial
  • Discovery Management & E-Discovery

Stephen Sayre

Stephen D. SayreMember

  • Business Services
  • Corporate Finance


Daniel Stern

Daniel R. SternMember

  • Education
  • Cybersecurity

Sheryl Toby

Sheryl L. TobyMember

  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation

Deborah Williamson

Deborah D. WilliamsonMember

  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights
  • Government Reorganization and Restructuring


Leonard Wolfe

Leonard C. WolfeMember

  • Administrative Law & Regulation
  • Cybersecurity

Todd Gale

Todd GaleSenior Counsel

  • Business & Commercial
  • Appellate

Latest Alerts


As Employers Work Towards Compliance, The Department of Labor Provides Third Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
Dykema, March 2020

It seems the DOL has stopped sleeping these days, but that means more guidance for employers. In itsQs&As 38-59interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), the DOL shed light on the small business exemption, employees who can be exempted for the FFCRA leave provisions, and the interplay of the FFCRA and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FFCRA takes effect on April 1, 2020, so this guidance is, in a word, timely. Here are some highlights. (Dykema summarizedQs&As 1-14 on March 26, 2020, and...

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COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide – State By State Treatment of Business Essentiality
Dykema, March 2020

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is affecting companies across the nation and around the world in a variety of ways. Dykema is closely monitoring the legal ramifications of the crisis and evaluating the potential impact on businesses in a wide variety of industries. The federal government has released its CISA guidelines, and many governors throughout the country have adopted executive orders directing residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent possible in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Of those states, each has provided similar, but not identical, exemptions for certain businesses deemed “Essential Services...

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COVID-19 and the False Claims Act: Recipients of Federal Funds Need to Be Vigilant About Compliance
Dykema, March 2020

Households and businesses across the country continue to take safety precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the federal government is preparing an unprecedented federal response to the health, safety and economic challenges. In the coming weeks, we expect a wide variety of private businesses to partner with federal agencies and receive funds to address the health crisis...

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Loan Modifications Related to COVID-19
Dykema, March 2020

On March 22, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and state banking regulators (collectively, the “agencies”) published an interagency statement on loan modifications and reporting for financial institutions working with customers affected by COVID-19. The agencies understand that COVID-19 could pose temporary business disruptions and challenges that impact banks, businesses, borrowers and the economy...

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Question and Answer: Employee Benefits Triage Amid COVID-19
Dykema, March 2020

Dykema has launched a COVID-19 Resource Center to keep our clients up to date on the most recent legal, business and health guidance surrounding the novel coronavirus and how to navigate their businesses through uncertain times. Various firm practitioners are providing timely content that aims at providing guidance for employer’s current issues as well as those unforeseen items that have yet to arise. The site is continually being updated, as state and federal authorities provide guidance on a rolling basis. This client alert provides answers to common benefit-related questions that we are receiving from our clients...

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COVID-19 Immigration Updates
Dykema, March 2020

Federal authorities have recently issued a large number of new policies, guidance, etc., in response to the coronavirus pandemic. These include the following: Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures on Applications The USCIS has announced it will accept application forms with reproduced original signatures. It already accepts certain petition forms electronically for processing and this new announcement will now also accept those that have previously required original / “wet ink” signatures. Petitioners must retain the documents containing the original / “wet ink” signatures because the USCIS can still request these at any time...

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Second Dose of Medicine from Treasury for Coronavirus Relief
Dykema, March 2020

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department of the Treasury issued Notice 2020-18 (which supersedes Notice 2020-17 issued two days prior), postponing tax filing and payment deadlines for many taxpayers in order to grant some amount of relief to individuals and businesses amid the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. In contrast to Notice 2020-17, Notice 2020-18 not only provides many taxpayers with the ability to defer Federal income tax payments otherwise due by April 15, 2020, but also postpones the April 15 filing deadline for Federal income tax returns. Notice 2020-18 does not, however, postpone or alter the deadline for estimated quarterly payments due June 15, 2020...

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What Does The Michigan Stay Home Executive Order Mean For Your In-Person Energy Operations?
Dykema, March 2020

  On March 23, 2020, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (“EO 2020-21”), which orders all Michigan residents to stay at home or in their place of residence unless exempted until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. To this end, EO 2020-21 also orders that no person or entity may conduct a business or conduct operations that require workers to leave their homes or residences unless that entity qualifies for an exemption. The issuance of EO 2020-21 poses several questions, such as what activities are prohibited, how long it will be in effect, how it restricts companies in the energy industry, and much more...

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Executive Order 2020-21: Stay Home Order—What Does This Mean For Your In-Person Operations?
Dykema, March 2020

On March 23, 2020, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (“EO 2020-21”), which orders all Michigan residents to stay at home or in their place of residence unless exempted until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. To this end, EO 2020-21 also orders that no person or entity may conduct a business or conduct operations that require workers to leave their homes or residences unless that entity qualifies for an exemption. The issuance of EO 2020-21 poses several questions, such as what activities are prohibited, how long it will be in effect, what businesses are exempted from its restrictions, and much more...

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Federal Tax Relief Is on the Way: Notice 2020-17 Issued in Response to COVID-19
Dykema, March 2020

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Department of the Treasury issued Notice 2020-17, postponing payment deadlines for many taxpayers in order to grant some amount of relief to businesses and individuals amid the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. The Notice provides many taxpayers with the ability to defer federal income tax payments otherwise due by April 15, 2020, but does not postpone or alter the April 15 filing deadline or estimated payments due June 15, 2020...

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Executive Order 2020-15 – Governor Whitmer Grants Public Bodies The Flexibility to Meet Electronically During COVID-19 Emergency
Dykema, March 2020

On March 18, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-15 which permits all public bodies in the State of Michigan, with the exception of the State Legislature, to meet during the COVID-19 state of emergency (“COVID-19 Emergency”) by electronic means until April 15, 2020. Listed below is a link to Executive Order 2020-15 along with several questions and answers about the Order: Who does Executive Order 2020-15 apply to? Section 2(a) of the Open Meetings Act (“Act”) defines “public bodies” that are subject to the Act...

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed Into Law, Imposing Paid Leave Requirements On Small And Medium Employers Beginning April 2, 2020
Dykema, March 2020

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) a few hours after the Senate approved the bill. Among other things, the new law, with which all employers must comply by April 2, 2020, requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two weeks’ paid leave to employees who need to take time off because of an actual or potential illness related to COVID-19, to care for family members who are home ill or quarantined because of COVID-19 exposure or to care for children who are home because of school or care provider closures linked to the ongoing global pandemic...

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What Do You Do When Your Contract Does Not Contain A Force Majeure Clause? [Part II]
Dykema, March 2020

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread rapidly throughout the United States—and the world—commercial relationships are being thrown into disarray, resulting in the disruption of supply chains, cancellations of events, and closures of restaurants and other businesses. Several states have declared a state of emergency (including banning large group gatherings and mandating that certain business shutter for the time being). Many companies are requiring that their employees work remotely...

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House of Representatives Passes Far-Ranging Paid Sick and Family Leave Legislation for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Dykema, March 2020

  On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). While the bill has not yet been passed by the Senate, the White House has indicated that it supports and intends to sign the bill into law once the Senate has an opportunity to address its provisions, which will likely be sometime early this week. The bill addresses a number of public health issues triggered by the global coronavirus pandemic, including provisions for diagnostic testing, school and senior food programs, and increases in Medicaid match rates and allotments to ease the burden on state medical systems...

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Are Your Corporate Documents COVID-19 Ready?
Dykema, March 2020

  With many companies facing increased teleworking, supply chain issues, or health uncertainties because of COVID-19, your corporate documents and policies must be ready to address potential issues that arise...

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Imposing Temporary Enhanced Restrictions on Price Gouging in Michigan
Dykema, March 2020

On March 15, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order, effective 9 a.m. March 16, 2020, through April 13, 2020, imposing two restrictions aimed at preventing price gouging during the COVID-19 emergency. These restrictions, issued pursuant to her powers after declaring a State of Emergency on March 10, 2020, apply to offers or sales of products in Michigan. The first restriction applies only to resales of products acquired from retailers. It prohibits individuals and business entities who acquired any products from a retailer from reselling such products at prices “grossly in excess of the purchase price at which the person acquired the product...

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Considerations for Financial Institutions Regarding Security Procedures for a Remote Workforce
Dykema, March 2020

We regularly work with financial institutions to navigate the challenges of implementing, maintaining, and using security procedures for commercial customers’ use of treasury management services. Security procedures are an integral part of the relationship between the financial institution and its commercial customers. Financial institutions offer (and frequently require) commercial customers to use the institution’s security procedures, which are agreed to be commercially reasonable, to originate payment orders (e.g., wire transfers and ACH Entries) from the customers’ accounts...

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Avoid Antitrust and Price Gouging Pitfalls In Your Coronavirus Response
Dykema, March 2020

The coronavirus disease continues to cause headaches for businesses all over the globe. Travel restrictions are leading to cancellations of small meetings and large-scale conferences; factory shutdowns are causing massive supply shortages; employees are being told to stay home from work. Whatever challenges you face in these uncertain times, it is important to remember that your business is not immune from government scrutiny. Here are a few key points to keep in mind as you strategize to keep your business running smoothly: (1) Take Steps To Mitigate Higher Compliance Risks Caused By Potential Disruption...

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The Present Coronavirus Epidemic and the Law of Force Majeure: How to Assess Options
Dykema, March 2020

Introduction The supply chain effects from the global spread of the novel coronavirus have been building for nearly two months, and are expected to reach a peak in the near future (if not necessarily then to recede).[1] The effects have centered on China to date, but the epidemic has spread to other centers of production and the duration of its threat to public health and of the governmental and social measures taken to address its spread remains unknown. Supply chain participants thus face the risk of widespread and compounding supply pinches, disputes and even breakdowns...

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Oil & Gas Industry—Are You Prepared to Deal With COVID-19?
Dykema, March 2020

The price of oil—already hammered by market conditions—took another stumble in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak with no immediate relief in sight. Accordingly, the Oil & Gas Industry must prepare for the looming wave of oncoming legal issues, which will affect every sector of the market. This alert contains recommended actions for industry stakeholders. Merger and acquisition volumes will likely decrease, led by increased debt exposure and continued decline in the price of oil...

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Practical Tips to Minimize Labor & Employment Risks Arising From Coronavirus Concerns in the Workplace and Workforce [Part II]
Dykema, March 2020

This second alert of a multipart series provides practical tips to minimize legal risk arising from the following legal perils that await any unprepared or ill-informed employer. As the world’s information about the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) continues to quickly update, employers must remain aware of the many potential legal risks that can rapidly arise when grappling with COVID-19 in U.S.-based workplaces and workforces. This second alert of a multipart series discusses the following legal perils that await any employer who is unprepared or ill-informed...

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Practical Tips to Minimize Labor and Employment Risks Arising From the Coronavirus in the Workplace and Workforce
Dykema, March 2020

This first alert of a multipart series provides practical tips to minimize legal risk arising from the following legal perils that await any unprepared or ill-informed employer. As the world’s information about the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) continues to quickly update, employers must remain aware of the many potential legal risks that can rapidly arise when grappling with COVID-19 in U.S.-based workplaces and workforces. This first alert of a multipart series discusses the following legal perils that await any employer who is unprepared or ill-informed. Privacy Perils The confidentiality provisions of the All articles submitted by Dykema

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