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Lenders Should Use COVID-19 Extensions And Forbearances To Review Loan Documents To Identify and Address Potential Security and Collateral Issues
Category: Appellate Law, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Litigation
As lenders are undoubtedly aware, the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak has or will cause significant issues with payments from their borrowers as the pandemic sends shockwaves through the economy. Extensions on current, distressed, and past due loans will be the norm for the next few months at least…
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When Minor Classroom Misbehavior Escalates to a Federal Court Lawsuit
Category: Appellate Law, Education, Litigation
In a recent case, a seventh grade boy was written up by his teacher because she saw him selling candy in class. The student told an assistant principal that he had hidden the candy in the bottom of a garbage can, and a later search uncovered candy right where the student said it would be. A search…
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Court of Appeals Limits Defendant's Right to Allocate Fault to Nonparties
Category: Appellate Law, Litigation, Products Liability
The Arkansas Court of Appeals recently limited a defendant’s right to allocate fault to nonparties. The allocation of fault to nonparties has long been a source of confusion and uncertainty for litigants in Arkansas. This is in part due to tension between the judiciary and the legislature over tort…
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Winning Early in Complex Business Litigation Alleging Fraud
Category: Appellate Law, Business, Eighth Circuit Appellate , Litigation
In a recent case alleging common law and consumer fraud, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal because the plaintiff failed to meet the requisite pleading standard. The plaintiff, a commercial printing company, purchased a printing press from the defendant technology company. Four…
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Beer Businesses Strike State Law Showing it Unconstitutionally Interferes with Their Commercial Free Speech Rights
Category: Appellate Law, Business, Eighth Circuit Appellate , Litigation
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a District Court’s decision to strike down a state law that placed severe restrictions on alcohol advertising. For example, under the law, Joe’s Bar could run the ad, “Drink Coors Light, now available at Joe’s Bar,” but a beer producer or beer…
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