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Alert to Product Liability Defense Counsel: United States Supreme Court Set to Again Address Specific Personal Jurisdiction
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

Companies subject to product liability lawsuits – and their counsel – know the importance of promptly examining whether the company is subject to general personal jurisdiction or specific personal jurisdiction of the forum court. A court with general personal jurisdiction over a defendant can hear any and all claims against that defendant. After the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct 746 (2014) and BSNF Railway Co. v...

Planning Layoffs? Dont Overlook These 2 Key Laws
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

In this unprecedented COVID-19 world, employers may need to consider layoffs, furloughs, or even closures to get through to the other side (whenever that comes). If you have done all you can to weather the government-mandated shutdowns and now have to consider letting people go, you are not alone...

Ten Legal Considerations When Starting a Hemp Business
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

So, you want to start a hemp company. You have your big idea and a business plan ready. At some point, though, you begin to wonder whether you should be thinking about any legal issues as you get your company off the ground. That’s where we come in. Bradley’s Cannabis Industry team has a deep understanding of the many unique legal and business issues that impact hemp companies...

An In Depth Analysis of CFPBs Small Dollar Final Rule and Its Impact on Bank and Non-Bank Lenders Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

On July 7, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule, the 2017 Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans Rule (Small Dollar Rule), which rescinded the ability to repay and underwriting provisions. The final rule does not, however, rescind or alter the payment provisions in the Small Dollar Rule, and the CFPB indicated that it would be moving forward with those provisions...

Independent Contractor v. Employee and Joint Employer Status: How to Differentiate and Avoid Legal Traps
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

Please join us for a virtual webinar addressing worker classification issues, including independent contractor v. employee, and how to manage temporary or seasonal workers and avoid common legal traps. Misclassification of workers is a costly mistake and can lead to exposure for unpaid taxes, unpaid overtime, penalties and punitive damages. We will discuss how to properly work with and manage independent contractors to make sure they are not classified as employees...

Emerging opportunities - and Risks - with Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

As is painfully obvious to even the most casual of observers, the COVID-19 public health emergency has been disruptive to all industries. And, the healthcare industry has been at the epicenter of this disruption. Nonetheless, not all disruption is negative. One bright spot for many healthcare practitioners during this public health crisis has been the emergence and normalization of telehealth...

Emerging Opportunities and Risks with Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

As is painfully obvious to even the most casual of observers, the COVID-19 public health emergency has been disruptive to all industries. And, the healthcare industry has been at the epicenter of this disruption. Nonetheless, not all disruption is negative. One bright spot for many healthcare practitioners during this public health crisis has been the emergence and normalization of telehealth...

3 Cannabis Legislation Predictions Ahead of the 2020 Election
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

The glacial pace at which the federal government has implemented cannabis policy–particularly in light of the rapid evolution of cannabis laws at the state level–is at the same time predictable and frustrating to those seeking a measure of certainty...

Patenting COVID-19 Tests: Avoiding the Common Pitfalls
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

The impact on human health of the global pandemic of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting disease termed COVID-19 cannot be overstated. Not since the influenza pandemic of 1918 have so many regions of the world been so acutely impacted by a single pathogen. Society in 2020 has the advantage of a more sophisticated biotechnology industry. Testing is considered crucial in controlling (or at least mitigating) the pandemic, and tests from several companies have become widely available...

S Corporations, Partnerships, and LLCs
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

The owners of multistate businesses must consider a multitude of factors when deciding how to structure their business ventures, and state taxation cannot be overlooked. The accompanying charts can assist in that evaluation for limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs). In recent years, LLCs and, to a lesser extent, limited partnerships and LLPs, have become the popular choice for structuring or re-structuring multistate business entities...

Court Cuts Off Oxygen to Autoerotic Asphyxiation Insurance Claim
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

To the average person, what constitutes an “accident” is likely clear. If someone trips and falls—in most instances, it would be considered an accident. If someone bumps her head getting out of a car—it’s probably just an accident. And if someone were to drop something heavy onto his foot—it would likely be deemed a careless accident...

Arbitration Expectations: Understanding the Process of Resolving a Dispute
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

Arbitration is one of the preferred mechanisms of dispute resolution in the construction industry. Understanding how an arbitration will unfold is useful in managing a dispute. Most domestic construction disputes are referred to arbitration through, and according to the rules, of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), but other organizations that follow different rules and processes do exist. For AAA arbitrations, the following steps provide a rough outline of a typical proceeding...

Fed. Circ. Inserso Ruling Brings Bid Protest Considerations
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

In a split decision with far-reaching implications for both government contractors and the private bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Inserso Corporation v. U.S., recently addressed timeliness and waiver issues in the bid protest context. The facts of this significant case, the majority and dissenting opinions, as well as key takeaways for federal contractors and their attorneys, are discussed below. The Facts The U.S...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: CFPB's Mortgage Servicing COVID-19 Interim Final Rule Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

In a significant move for mortgage servicers and mortgage loan borrowers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CFPB issued an interim final rule this week that will, among other things, enable servicers to offer a payment deferral option...

The Perils of Responding to Cyber-Incidents Just Got More Complicated
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

It’s 8 am, and you just learned that a material cyber-incident occurred in your organization. You fire up your Incident Response Plan. You engage outside counsel, and outside counsel engages a forensic firm. Your company, your outside counsel, and your forensic firm all sign an agreement that the forensic firm will work at the direction of outside counsel...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Small Business Bankruptcy Strategies Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

The economic turmoil stemming from the outbreak of COVID-19 has forced small business owners to take drastic measures to save their companies. Unfortunately, government subsidized loans, loan deferrals, and temporary rent relief may not be enough to save all small businesses. Bankruptcy should never be the first choice for a business in financial distress, but it may be the best choice for all interested parties...

Clio.com's Daily Matters - Episode #53 - Tiffany Graves
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

As Pro Bono Counsel at a large southern law firm and the former Executive Director of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, Tiffany Graves sees how systemic inequities affect minority groups on a daily basis. “Firms have to do more,” she says, to counteract institutional racism and bring much-needed reforms to America’s legal and justice systems...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: The Changing Face of Litigation and Trials Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

As clients and counsel wrestle with the changing dynamics within litigation and trial work, Bradley has assembled trial lawyers with experience from hundreds of trials and a jury consultant of national standing to present on what is happening in courts across the country and how it is impacting the judicial system as we know it...

Post-Covid, Foreign Investment Rules Tighten
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

The last two years have seen an expansion of regulations related to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), both in the United States and abroad. COVID-19 is driving further expansion of FDI in the U.S. and elsewhere. Owners and investors need to know — expansion of regulations gaps closed in national security reviews new inclusion of medical supplies and food non-controlling investments also scrutinized Whether by intent or coincidence, the U.S...

Federal Financial Agencies Announce Flexibility in Mortgage Servicing Rules
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the State Banking Regulators released a joint statement announcing increased flexibility in the agencies’ regulation and enforcement of certain mortgage servicing rules governing borrower communications in response to the

Looking Ahead: Commercial Real Estate - COVID-19's Impact on the Market in 2020 and Beyond Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Please join Bradley, Graham & Co., and the Peoples Bank of Alabama for a live webinar addressing key questions our clients are asking about navigating the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Commercial Real Estate and Lending market in 2020 and beyond...

CPAs Beware: Some CARES Act and FFCRA Incentives Don't Play Well Together
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

The landmark CARES Act, signed into law by the President on March 27, provides many em­ployers with several options to increase liquidity and cash flow during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. And only 9 days be­fore that legislation was enacted, the Families First Coronavirus Re­sponse Act (FFCRA) also created two other payroll tax-related in­centives for certain employers, and to self-employed individuals...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Looking Ahead - Commercial Real Estate: COVID-19s Impact on the Market in 2020 and Beyond Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Please join Bradley, Graham & Co., and the Peoples Bank of Alabama for a live webinar addressing key questions our clients are asking about navigating the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Commercial Real Estate and Lending market in 2020 and beyond...

Show Me the Money (But Don't Take it Back!): A Primer on PPP Loans, Compliance and Enforcement Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

In early April, the United States approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) authorizing $349 billion in a small business lending program called the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). Depleted within days by the overwhelming response from businesses across the country, Congress authorized an additional $310 billion for this program on April 23. With government money, however, comes government oversight...

Enforcement in the COVID-19 Era: The Governments Likely Playbook
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

With much fanfare, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has rolled out a series of headlines detailing its enforcement efforts in the wake of COVID-19. At the end of March, the government announced a kickback case against a marketer who allegedly steered patients towards COVID-19 and genetic cancer testing...

 

 

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