Premises Liability During a Pandemic

Many Minnesota businesses reopened on May 18, 2020 as Minnesota relaxed the restrictions designed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Specifically, Executive Order 20-56 rescinded a previous order, which had forced the closure of many businesses, and now allows limited customer interaction for a much wider range of the economy.  At the same… View Article


“The Application” is Available, Along With More PPP Loan Guidance Regarding Forgiveness

A lot of businesses were quick to take a loan that came out of the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). But those businesses did not take the funds knowing all the rules (or what the whole process would look like). As many readers of this article… View Article


Force Majeure Hits the Spot(light)

Many businesses are dusting off the seldom used force majeure clause in their agreements because of the current pandemic (due to government orders or otherwise). We have touched on this topic before. But what is a force majeure clause and what does it do? A force majeure clause allows a party to delay, suspend, negate,… View Article


The Time for Waiting is Over: Appeal Your Property Taxes Before It’s Too Late

For owners of commercial real estate, cash flow is important. Property owners should always be looking for opportunities to cut unnecessary costs, particularly during periods of economic uncertainty. Frequently overlooked, a real property tax appeal may present an opportunity to save a significant amount of money and may even lead to a recovery of a… View Article


Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Leased Real Property – Top Considerations for Landlords and Tenants

Companies everywhere are analyzing options, safety nets, and contingency plans for these challenging times. The growing number of shutdowns, “shelter-in-place” and “stay home” orders is putting a strain on landlords and tenants, who either need to work together or react in different ways. As COVID-19 numbers increase, you should know more about your specific lease… View Article


Executive Order 20-20: Stay at Home Direction and Strategies for Minnesota Employers

In a previous article, we discussed the various ways the coronavirus may impact Minnesota businesses. The potential economic impact of COVID-19 came into sharp focus on March 26, 2020, when Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20. This order requires “all persons currently living in Minnesota” to stay at their home or residence, with some exception… View Article


Safeguarding Your Business Against the Coronavirus

Within a relatively short amount of time, the coronavirus disease has impacted the economic landscape around the globe. Coronavirus has spread to approximately 150 countries as of the time of this writing, including all 50 states. Minnesota is no exception. In response to the threat posed by the coronavirus, on March 16, 2020, Governor Walz… View Article


Employee Handbooks: Pitfalls and Best Practices

Though employee handbooks are common in modern employment relationships, handbooks vary significantly in the legal protections they provide. A well-drafted handbook provides helpful guidance to employees, serves as a valuable tool for an employer, and may even give businesses an edge in litigation. If drafted poorly, a handbook may have unintended consequences and may cripple… View Article


ALERT: Website and App Accessibility Lawsuits

My last post on web/app accessibility issues was in 2014. Since then, the issue has surfaced for clients very infrequently. However, the recent holding from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, that Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act required Domino’s Pizza to make its websites and mobile applications accessible to… View Article


Alert – Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Threshold Increase

The HSR Act requires that parties to a merger and acquisition transaction (which includes more than you might think), file with the Federal Trade Commission and US DOJ and deal with a waiting period if the transaction or parties (or both) are above certain thresholds (and does not fall within an exemption). The FTC’s legally… View Article