USLAW Member Legal Alerts

JSH Welcomes Two New Associates to the Phoenix Office

Posted June 2, 2023

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce the addition of two associate attorneys to our Phoenix office. Evan Russell joins JSH as a new associate in the General Liability Trial Group, where his work consists of representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, and other… Continue Reading

CMS Releases Final Rule Ending COVID-19 Vaccinations and More

Posted June 2, 2023

On May 11, 2023, the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) expired after nearly three and a half years. As anticipated, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule to effectuate necessary changes to a series of regulatory requirements introduced in response to the PHE. The most… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Allows Company to Sue a Union for Damages Caused by a Work Stoppage

Posted June 2, 2023

On June 1, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held that federal law does not preempt the right of an employer to sue a striking union for damages in state court if the union failed to take reasonable precautions to protect the employer against foreseeable, aggravated, and… Continue Reading

Duke Evett obtains $107,000.00 fee and cost award…

Posted June 2, 2023

After a long three year litigation battle Duke Evett succeeded in having a residential real estate case dismissed against its clients and obtained a $107,000.00 fee and cost award.  Congrats, Josh Evett and Team! Continue Reading

AP&S Ranked in Chambers and Partners USA 2023

Posted June 1, 2023

The 2023 Chambers and Partners USA has been released and AP&S, along with eleven of its attorneys, have been ranked in the following practice areas: In depth interviews with both clients and attorneys are conducted by the Directory’s research team in order to achieve the ranking. Litigation: General Commercial Corporate/Commercial Labor &… Continue Reading

Zwilling Presented at National Association of Women in Construction Regional Meeting

Posted June 1, 2023

Carr Allison shareholder, Melisa Zwilling of our Birmingham (AL) office, recently presented at the National Association of Women in Construction Southeast Regional Meeting. Her presentation, “Medical Marijuana in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee”, discussed the status of federal and state marijuana legislation. She also covered several issues employers must consider… Continue Reading

JSH’s Insurance Practice, Donald Myles Repeat Chambers USA “Band 1” Ranking

Posted June 1, 2023

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce that the firm has once again earned a “Band 1” Ranking for Insurance Defense by Chambers USA 2023, one of the most highly regarded annual rankings of law firms and attorneys worldwide. JSH is one of only five Arizona law firms… Continue Reading

“Hostile Work Environment”: Beyond the Buzz Words

Posted June 1, 2023

It is more and more common for employers to hear employee allegations of a “hostile work environment,” “harassment” or a “toxic workplace.” In some instances current or former employees are using those terms as a defense mechanism when their performance is being criticized or they are facing discipline or discharge.… Continue Reading

Baird Holm Partner Amy Erlbacher-Anderson authors The Nebraska Lawyer article “Immigration 101”

Posted June 1, 2023

Baird Holm Partner Amy Erlbacher-Anderson authored the article “Immigration 101” for the May/June 2023 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer. Learn about the different types of immigrant visas and creative ways Amy is helping employers hire the people they need to operate their businesses here.  The post Baird Holm Partner Amy… Continue Reading


Posted May 31, 2023

In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Court held that wetlands may only qualify as “waters of the United States” if they have a continuous surface connection to a traditionally navigable water body. The Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq., is the primary federal statute regulating water… Continue Reading

Baird Holm Achieves Midsize Mansfield Certification Plus

Posted May 31, 2023

Last week, Diversity Lab announced that Baird Holm has achieved Midsize Mansfield Certification. This certification was awarded to firms with 25 to 150 lawyers who completed a rigorous 18-month collaboration with Diversity Lab – from September 2021 to March 2023 – to track, measure, and achieve diversity in leadership. The… Continue Reading

United States Supreme Court Holds That Pure Legal Issues Do Not Need To Be Renewed In Post-Trial Motion To Preserve Argument On Appeal

Posted May 31, 2023

 Dupree v. YoungerUnited States Supreme Court May 31, 2023 JSH Attorneys: Justin Ackerman & Ashley Caballero-Daltrey Last week, the United States Supreme Court held that pure legal issues do not need to be renewed in a post-trial motion to preserve the argument on appeal.  It contrasted legal issues with factual issues,… Continue Reading

CJEU: Finally a decision on the maximum transfer duration?

Posted May 30, 2023

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Florida Mandates E-Verify for Private Employers

Posted May 30, 2023

Florida recently enacted significant legislation relating to employee immigration verification. Senate Bill 1718 (the “Bill”), which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law on May 10, 2023, makes using E-Verify mandatory for any private employer with 25 or more employees, imposes penalties for those employing undocumented individuals, and enhances penalties for… Continue Reading

AP&S Attorneys Receive RI Monthly’s Professional Excellence in the Law Award

Posted May 26, 2023

Rhode Island Monthly is proud to showcase their fifth annual Professional Excellence in the Law awards. These professionals are chosen on several criteria ranging from peer reviews, feedback from professionals in related fields, professional standing, and other data collected by a third-party survey and data company. Nicole Benjamin Appellate Law Richard… Continue Reading

Sausaman and Thornton Published in USLAW Magazine

Posted May 25, 2023

Carr Allison attorneys Alison Sausaman and Tommy Thornton have recently been published in the 2023 Spring Issue of USLAW Magazine. Their article “Defense Weapons in a Nuclear World” discusses potential strategies to use when defending against “nuclear” verdicts and settlements. To read the full article, click here! The post Sausaman… Continue Reading

QGT Welcomes Rachel Sullivant

Posted May 25, 2023

QGT is pleased to welcome Rachel A. Sullivant as an associate in our Northwest Arkansas office, where her practice will primarily focus on corporate transactions.  Ms. Sullivant earned her J. D., summa cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she was a member of the Business… Continue Reading

Conducting the Internal DEI Audit and Avoiding the “And No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”

Posted May 25, 2023

While incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into the corporate culture is not something that is new, it is something that has become increasingly important and complex. Activist consumers are leveraging their purchasing power, public and private contractors are requiring DEI efforts, and an increasing amount of legislation is being promulgated… Continue Reading

Bishop, Beaulieu Join JSH New Mexico Office

Posted May 24, 2023

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to our New Mexico office. Paul Bishop joins JSH as a lateral partner with 18 years of prior litigation defense experience.  Paul represents numerous electric utilities in electrical contact, stray voltage and fire cases.  In addition,… Continue Reading

The I-Do’s and I-Don’ts of Risk Limitation for Wedding Venues

Posted May 23, 2023

Authors: Erica Spurlock and Michael Halvorson Published by: USLAW Magazine Spring 2023 Grandma Ginger tripping on the slightly elevated dance floor; DJ Denny’s disco lamp falling onto Aunt Linda; the bridal party’s bus rear-ending the cake delivery van – some liability risks associated with hosting a wedding or other special… Continue Reading

Taylor Brewer Serves at Keynote Speaker on Pro Bono Service

Posted May 23, 2023

MRC partner Taylor Brewer served as the keynote speaker on the topic “Pro Bono Service and the Legal Community” at the University of Richmond School of Law Harry L. Carrico Center Pro Bono Certificate and Recognition Ceremony earlier this month. Click here to read to read about the more than… Continue Reading

P.S. All Employers – Chicago’s Harassment Prevention Training Requirements Apply to You If You Have Any Employees Working in Chicago

Posted May 23, 2023

The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance makes it a civil rights violation “[f]or any employer, employee, agent of any employer, employment agency or labor organization to engage in sexual harassment.”  Municipal Code of Chicago, 6-010-040. As we previously discussed in a blog, last year, Chicago’s City Council amended the Chicago Human… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence Developments in Patent Law

Posted May 23, 2023

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) remains a developing field in intellectual property and recently, on April 24, 2023, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case brought by Dr. Stephen Thaler, Thaler v. Vidal. Dr. Thaler, a computer scientist who in his 2019 patent application, named his AI model Device for Autonomous… Continue Reading

Minority protection: Protecting minority shareholders in the GmbH.

Posted May 23, 2023

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Eight MRC Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers and Virginia Rising Stars for 2023

Posted May 19, 2023

Martin A. Conn and C. Dewayne Lonas are recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Products – Defense. Laura May Hooe has moved from a Rising Star to Super Lawyer for her work in Personal Injury Medical Malpractice – Defense. Eric G. Reeves is listed for Civil Litigation –… Continue Reading

Driver and Zwilling Obtain Summary Judgment

Posted May 17, 2023

Carr Allison shareholders Joe Driver and Melisa Zwilling of our Birmingham (AL) office recently obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of a national client.  The plaintiff had alleged that his employer violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA).  The court… Continue Reading

Cyber attack liability in the event of data breaches.

Posted May 16, 2023

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AP&S Welcomes Damaris Hernandez

Posted May 15, 2023

Damaris Hernandez is a member of the firm’s litigation group. Her practice includes defending both individuals and business in a wide variety of matters including employment discrimination, insurance disputes, and complex commercial litigation. Damaris has also assisted in personal injury cases and defending professional negligence wrongful death actions. Before joining… Continue Reading

The Future of Telehealth – Part 2

Posted May 12, 2023

This article is the second in a series by Lashly & Baer attorneys Scott A. Pummell and Riley J. Brown addressing various changes coming to the regulation of and access to telehealth services. In fact, the legal and regulatory boundaries of telehealth and remote medicine changed almost overnight as the… Continue Reading

Robert Brooks Presents on Tip-Pooling for RI Hospitality Association

Posted May 12, 2023

In Bob’s presentation, “Tip Pooling- What You Need to Know,” he will be discussing the responsibility that food and service operations have in making sure that tipping is done correctly and lawfully.  This event will take place on Monday, May 15th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm at the Raddison Hotel, Warwick.… Continue Reading

New Podcast Episode – Changing Residency and Domicile

Posted May 10, 2023

In our new podcast, Further Insight….on Estate Planning, Kristin Matsko and Kathryn Windsor briefly discuss articles from our bimonthly newsletter, Insight on Estate Planning. In this episode, Kristin and Kathryn discuss best practices for establishing domicile in a tax-friendly state. The post New Podcast Episode – Changing Residency and Domicile… Continue Reading

Managing Partner or Director: Social insurance, yes or no?

Posted May 9, 2023

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New work: Sabbatical as an opportunity for further education, regeneration or travel.

Posted May 2, 2023

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Kathleen McCauley has Joined the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Posted April 27, 2023

Kathleen McCauley has become a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). The International Academy of Trial Lawyers limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States in addition to Fellows from nearly 40 countries across the globe. IATL seeks out, identifies, acknowledges, and honors those who have… Continue Reading

Josh Evett on the Victory Podium…Again!

Posted April 19, 2023

Ada County Court Dismisses Real Estate Case After two years of litigation representing a property seller over alleged defects in the roof and HVAC system of a large Boise luxury home, Duke Evett persuaded an Ada County district judge to dismiss the case in its entirety.  The district court also… Continue Reading

Josh Evett + Duke Evett Team Win Real Estate Case!

Posted April 14, 2023

Josh Evett and the Duke Evett attorneys pulled off a last-minute victory 10 days before trial in a real estate non-disclosure case where the plaintiff sued our clients for $300,000.00.  Plaintiff sued our real estate clients over a lower end home he visited that had obvious repair issues, such as… Continue Reading

USLAW NETWORK, Inc. Spring Conference 2023

Posted April 13, 2023

Our Duke Evett team had a fantastic time at the USLAW NETWORK, Inc. Spring Conference 2023 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The event had over 500 attendees. Keely Duke participated as a Plaintiff for the Courtroom Academy, and everyone had a great time connecting with colleagues and clients.   One of… Continue Reading

Giving Back!

Posted April 13, 2023

Giving back and mentoring are important to Duke Evett.  Keely Duke recently participated in two teaching opportunities for newer attorneys, one in Boise, Idaho and one in Miami Beach, Florida. For the Idaho Trial Skills Academy, Keely presented voir dire with Nicole Hancock of Stoel Rives to show attorneys who… Continue Reading

Hoffman Featured on Panel Discussion at Barry University Law School

Posted April 5, 2023

Carr Allison shareholder Jennifer Hoffman of our Orlando (FL) office will be featured on a panel discussion at Barry University Law School (FL) on April 12. This panel discussion is held by the Career Service Office and is designed to explore the various areas and topics in law. Jennifer and… Continue Reading

The Future of Telehealth – Part 1

Posted April 5, 2023

This article is the first of a series by Lashly & Baer attorneys Scott A. Pummell and Riley J. Brown addressing various changes coming to the regulation of and access to telehealth services. In fact, the legal and regulatory boundaries of telehealth and remote medicine changed almost overnight as the… Continue Reading

Stokes and Palmer Speak at Cumberland School of Law

Posted March 31, 2023

Carr Allison attorneys Hannah Stokes and Steve Palmer of our Birmingham (AL) office, recently spoke to law students at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (AL). The Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA) sponsored the “Lunch and Learn” event with the law school’s defense lawyers student association. Topics included summer… Continue Reading

QGT Chosen As Arkansas Firm Of The Year By Benchmark Litigation

Posted March 23, 2023

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC was named Arkansas Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation at the annual Benchmark USA Awards held March 15, 2023, marking the tenth time the firm has received this distinction.  A full list of the winners can be found here. The award selection is based upon… Continue Reading

It’s Always Sunny in Delaware: 1031 Exchanges and the Benefits of DSTs

Posted March 9, 2023

by Paul Johnson, Esq. The finance, commercial real estate, and business transactions team at Moran Reeves Conn routinely advises investors regarding the ins and outs of 1031 exchanges. We also specialize in representing issuers in securities offerings involving Delaware statutory trusts (“DSTs”). The unique intersection of these practices often sparks… Continue Reading

Lashly & Baer, P.C. Expands and Adds Family Law Practice

Posted March 6, 2023

St. Louis, Missouri (March 6, 2023) – Lashly & Baer, P.C. announces the expansion of its service areas by adding two experienced Family Law attorneys. Deborah C.M. Henry and Katherine (Kate) E. Henry have joined the Firm and will bring a wealth of experience in handling family law issues.“We are… Continue Reading

Responding to UPIC Audits

Posted March 2, 2023

Lashly & Baer, P.C. attorney Michael R. Barth provides an overview of the United Program Integrity Contractor (UPIC) audit response process. There are five separate geographic jurisdictions for UPICs, and CoventBridge is the Midwestern UPIC that includes both Missouri and Illinois. UPICs such as CoventBridge are private contractors monitoring both… Continue Reading

Attorney Stuart Vogelsmeier Interviewed About Ban on Non-Compete Agreements

Posted March 1, 2023

Lashly & Baer attorney, Stuart J. Vogelsmeier, was interviewed about the potential impact for healthcare providers if the FTC’s proposed regulation would ban non-compete agreements. Here is the link to the podcast that was broadcast by Gist Healthcare on February 27, 2023.How the FTC’s Proposed Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Could… Continue Reading

Steve Quattlebaum Sworn In As ABOTA National President

Posted February 6, 2023

Steven W. Quattlebaum was installed as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the organization’s annual National Board Meeting in Santa Barbara, California, on January 28, 2023. Since his admission into the association in 1995, Steve has held a number of leadership positions, including two terms… Continue Reading

New Faces of Justice: 2022 California Appellate Appointments

Posted February 1, 2023

2022 was a banner year for appointments and elevations to California’s Courts of Appeal. The State’s new Chief Justice and newest Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court led the news, but Governor Newsom also filled a large number of vacancies on the intermediate appellate courts. With all this change,… Continue Reading

Michael Crosby Joins CREC Metro Little Rock Board

Posted January 30, 2023

We are pleased to share that Michael B. Crosby III has been named to the Commercial Real Estate Council of Metro Little Rock Board of Directors for 2023. A transactional attorney with the firm, Michael’s practice is primarily focused on real estate and agricultural matters. CREC MLR supports and promotes… Continue Reading

Firm’s Products Liability and Toxic Torts Practice Recognized by Chambers

Posted January 20, 2023

MRC’s products liability and toxic torts practice has earned a Band 2 ranking by Chambers and Partners. For over 30 years, Chambers has been an international leader in law firm rankings and insights. More than 200 Chambers researchers conduct over 220,000 interviews and surveys annually, upholding the highest standards of… Continue Reading

QGT Welcomes Aaron Cochran To Firm

Posted January 19, 2023

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC is pleased to announce that Aaron C. Cochran has joined the law firm as an associate.   Mr. Cochran is located in the firm’s Little Rock office and his practice is primarily focused on bankruptcy, debtor and creditor rights, secured transactions, and other litigation matters. Prior… Continue Reading

Appellate Oral Argument: The Ultimate Misnomer?

Posted December 23, 2022

Justice William Bedsworth’s recent column, “Oral Argument: Better Than Oral Surgery,” packs a lot of meanings into the title’s last four words. (See The Recorder, 12/19/2022.) I suppose it might depend on viewpoint, you know, surgeon or patient, the condition in question, the complexity of the problem, and how direct… Continue Reading

IRS Guidance on New Research & Experimental Cost Capitalization: At What Expense?

Posted December 13, 2022

Companies face the loss of a major tax break on research and experimental ("R&E") costs for 2022, absent Congressional action. Since 1954, Internal Revenue Code section 174 has allowed taxpayers to immediately deduct R&E costs. Effective January 1, 2022, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 ("TCJA") amended section… Continue Reading

Worth the Wait? CalPERS Regulation Will Define "Limited Duration" for Rehired Retirees

Posted December 5, 2022

Key points: Limited duration for post-retirement employment will mean up to 24 consecutive months, with potential extensions up to 48 consecutive months, or longer with CalPERS' approval. The 24-month rule will also apply to time served by active employees appointed to upgraded positions or classifications for purposes of reporting "temporary… Continue Reading

Pay-to-Play Restrictions Expanded in 2023

Posted November 10, 2022

Key Points Elected officials are now universally subject to the Levine Act, the primary California pay-to-play statute. Elected and appointed officials cannot accept or solicit a campaign contribution for 12 months following the date a decision is made concerning licenses, permits, land use entitlements, and certain contracts (Covered Proceedings) before… Continue Reading

IRS Issues 2023 Limits for Retirement Plans

Posted November 8, 2022

On October 21, 2022, the IRS announced in Notice 2022-55 cost-of-living adjustments to the tax-qualified retirement plan dollar limits for 2023. Most of the applicable dollar limits currently effective for 2022 will increase substantially compared with prior years. Below is a summary of the limits that are generally relevant for… Continue Reading

Pandemic-Era Extensions for Presenting Government Claims to Public Entity Defendants Expired on October 27, 2022

Posted October 31, 2022

On October 27, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 pandemic-related extensions of the deadline to present a government claim to a public entity under the Government Claims Act expired. In other words, a would-be claimant can no longer invoke the 120-day pandemic-related extension when presenting a claim. Background Government Code section… Continue Reading

Judicial Notice on Appeal (Part Two): Discretionary Subject Matter

Posted October 28, 2022

Appellate courts have broad power when it comes to judicial notice, and that power is comprised of two types of matters: mandatory and discretionary. In the first part of this two-part post, I discussed matters that an appellate court must judicially notice. (See Judicial Notice on Appeal: Mandatory Subject Matter,… Continue Reading

How and When to Ask a Court to Overturn Intermediate Appellate Precedents

Posted September 30, 2022

In CoreCivic, Inc. v. Candide Group, LLC, 46 F.4th 1136 (2022), the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed 20 years of decisions holding that special motions to strike under California’s “Anti-SLAPP statute” may be filed in federal diversity actions.  As the court reflected, circuits have split over the federal implementation of the various… Continue Reading

How Requests for Publication of Appellate Opinions Can Help Shape Your Industry

Posted August 24, 2022

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, countless policyholders made insurance claims with their carriers based on the closure or interruption of their businesses. The insurers with near-uniformity denied coverage, presenting a united front against their insureds.  Thousands upon thousands of cases ensued testing the propriety of the insurers’ denial… Continue Reading

Thirteen CCTB Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2023

Posted August 22, 2022

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023: Glen Bush (Energy Law | Oil and Gas Law)Greg Copeland (Bet-the-Company Litigation | Commercial Litigation | Insurance Law)John MacNeill (Litigation – Insurance | Personal Injury Litigation –… Continue Reading

CCTB Guides Tenrgys and Affiliates to Successful Chapter 11 Exit

Posted May 18, 2022

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush attorneys have advised Tenrgys, LLC and thirty-three of its affiliates in their successful financial restructuring after the Ridgeland, Mississippi based oil-and-gas producer filed for chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in September 2021. The companies officially… Continue Reading

Twelve CCTB Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022

Posted August 19, 2021

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022: Glen Bush (Energy Law | Oil and Gas Law)Greg Copeland (Bet-the-Company Litigation | Commercial Litigation | Insurance Law)John MacNeill (Litigation – Insurance | Personal Injury Litigation –… Continue Reading

Privacy Rights and Public Perception – What Didn’t Change in COVID

Posted March 12, 2021

We came across an interesting article in Slate that highlights an example of one police department in Connecticut that sought to use drones to help flatten the curve in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic—allegedly by using drones equipped with tools that could monitor compliance with social distancing guidance and potential… Continue Reading

Anti-Drone Technology at Professional Sports Stadiums

Posted March 5, 2021

Anti-drone technology is now a basic security feature at many major league baseball (MLB) stadiums. Here is an interesting article on the Sports Illustrated website about the use of anti-drone technology to combat the growing problem of drones flying overhead during games. The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) has banned unmanned… Continue Reading

Drones and Local Government—a COVID Story

Posted March 3, 2021

Here’s an interesting article from the New York Times about the use of drones to spray a sanitizing cleaning solution over seats at a spring training baseball stadium in Arizona.  Such UAS spraying technology already exists in the agriculture industry and so this is a simple hack for today’s COVID-influenced world.  So… Continue Reading

FAA Issues Final Rules On Operation Over People and Remote Identification

Posted February 24, 2021

The hoverlaw blog has been dormant for a while.  But we are back!  When we last posted, the FAA had issued notices of proposed rulemaking regarding remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and UAS operation over people.  As of January 15, 2021, the two rules are now finalized.  The… Continue Reading

Ten Copeland Cook Attorneys Recognized by “Super Lawyers” 2020

Posted December 2, 2020

Four attorneys from Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush have been recognized by Super Lawyers in its 2020 listing. Greg Copeland Jim Moore Ryan Perkins Bill Whitfield Each year, no more than 5% of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this… Continue Reading

Twelve CCTB Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021

Posted November 17, 2020

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021: Glen Bush (Energy Law | Oil and Gas Law)Greg Copeland (Bet-the-Company Litigation | Commercial Litigation | Insurance Law)John MacNeill (Litigation – Insurance | Personal Injury Litigation –… Continue Reading

Remote Identification: The FAA Proposed Rule and Privacy

Posted February 6, 2020

In our first posting of 2020, we covered the FAA’s Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems notice of proposed rulemaking and promised that we would be blogging on the impacts of the proposed new rule. This is the fourth in a series of postings about the significance of the proposed new… Continue Reading

Bevan Publishes Story in USLAW Magazine on Auto Insurance Issues for Driverless Cars

Posted April 2, 2019

Kent Bevan published a story in USLAW Magazine entitled, “When the Driver is a Computer: Addressing Auto Insurance Issues Surrounding Autonomous Vehicles.” “Driverless cars and autonomous vehicles are a common sight in futuristic science fiction movies, but now they’re becoming a part of present-day reality. In fact, the physical act of driving a car may… Continue Reading

Brumitt Delivers Construction Law Presentation

Posted March 13, 2019

Lee Brumitt delivers a presentation to the American Society of Professional Estimators, “Dealing with Change and Delay on Construction Projects.” Continue Reading

Brumitt Delivers Construction Law Presentations

Posted January 29, 2019

Lee Brumitt presented to the Kansas City Chapter of the National Association for Women in Construction on January 14. The presentation entitled “Preserving and Advancing Contractors’ Payment Rights” focused on federal, Missouri, and Kansas law and discussed tools and best practices to increase the likelihood of general and subcontractors receiving full… Continue Reading

New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira: Independent Contractors Now Exempted Under the Federal Arbitration Act

Posted January 24, 2019

By: Anne E. Baggott andBenjamin J. Stringer The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided a case with important implications for the transportation industry, New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira. Under federal law, transportation companies can no longer compel its workers engaged in interstate commerce to arbitrate disputes.  However, state laws may still permit arbitration of… Continue Reading

Ketchum and Boe Receive Special Recognitions in “Super Lawyers”

Posted January 22, 2019

Amanda Pennington Ketchum and Leslie A. Boe received special recognitions in this year’s edition of Super Lawyers: Continue Reading

Federal Class Action Appeals – What’s the Deadline to Petition to Appeal When a Motion for Reconsideration Is Filed?

Posted December 28, 2018

If you’re litigating a putative class action in federal court and get a class certification order that is adverse to your client (whether plaintiff or defense), you may petition to take an immediate appeal of that order.  Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(f). The petition to appeal must be filed quickly—within… Continue Reading

California Provides Defendants Additional Exemptions from Slack Fill Liability

Posted November 27, 2018

In response to an ever-increasing number of class action lawsuits claiming consumer deception based on the amount of empty space in product packaging, California recently amended its slack fill statutes to provide manufacturers with additional exemptions to avoid liability. For those who are unfamiliar, slack fill is defined as non-functional… Continue Reading

Revisiting Alvarado: “Work Week v. Pay Period” Question Remains

Posted June 6, 2018

“The California Supreme Court Modifies Its Opinion in Alvarado v. Dart  Container Corporation, 4 Cal.5th 542 (2018) only to leave open the ‘workweek v. pay period’ regular rate calculation question.” Things couldn’t get much worse for employers in the area of calculating the regular rate of pay – a complicated… Continue Reading

Recent Decisions on Statutory Immunities Under the California Tort Claims Act

Posted May 14, 2018

The California Tort Claims Act (“Act”), California Government Code §§ 810, et seq., sets forth the basic principles of public entity tort liability.  Common tort claims against public entities relate to alleged injuries that occur on public property, such as a trip-and-fall on a public sidewalk alleged to be in… Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Underscores The Importance Of Carefully Crafting Class Action Settlements

Posted March 6, 2018

In Brown v. Cinemark USA, Inc., 876 F.3d 1199 (9th Cir. 2017), the Ninth Circuit considered an issue of first impression: whether it had jurisdiction to consider an appeal of an order denying class certification where the individual plaintiffs seeking to represent the class settled their individual claims. In Brown,… Continue Reading

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