Blog Category: Business Insights

Down on the Farm, COVID Concerns Sprout

Risks are growing for migrants and growers alike

Friday, May 29, 2020 With an estimated 85 percent of the U.S. salad crop sprouting from California’s Salinas Valley, it’s small wonder why the people who harvest it are deemed essential workers by the federal government.  With those workers often subject to thankless, back-breaking and low-wage labor under a blazing sun, growers have long looked south of the border or even across the Pacific to […]

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M&A Goes MIA During COVID-19

Investors are waiting out the crisis, while distressed companies can be had cheap

Friday, May 22, 2020 After a record-setting decade, the number of private equity firms buying companies has slowed.  According to data from Dealogic, M&A volume in the U.S. plummeted a jaw-dropping 50.2 percent compared to the same period last year. Worldwide, there was a 35.5 percent decrease in M&A volume and 16.3 percent drop in revenue.   The reason isn’t a mystery. With the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Attorney Weighs the Risks of Reopening During COVID-19

She asks, what will the new workplace look like?

There’s been no protocol for how states should reopen for business during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the same holds true for cities and counties within those states.  For people who’ve been confined for more than six weeks, there’s been both eagerness and reticence. Beaches fill in Florida and bars fill in Wisconsin while restaurant owners report tepid responses in Nashville, Tennessee, after the removal of a shelter-in-place order. Meanwhile, in New York City, police have […]

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Already Hurt by Tariffs, Pork Producers Get Guidance During COVID-19 Crunch

‘America’s farmers are in a crisis’

Friday, May 15, 2020 As COVID-19 forces some of the country’s largest pork producers to curtail operations, pig farmers throughout the U.S. are facing a chilling choice: reconfigure their entire operation to keep stocks intact; or euthanize thousands of animals and dispose of them on their own property. According to a recent report from the Time magazine, as many as […]

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With More PPP Funds in Pipeline, Attorneys Must Mind Details

Paycheck Protection funds are tricky for banks and businesses

Monday, May 11, 2020 Rushed into law to prop up a national economy staggered by COVID-19, the Paycheck Protection Program hasn’t gone as smoothly as hoped.   Last month, the U.S. Justice Department launched a probe into the recently expanded $670 billion initiative in which banks process and provide low-interest, conditional and sometimes forgivable Small Business Administration […]

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In Texas, Paving Industry Saddles Up for COVID-Related Delays

A little bit of the Wild West has returned

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 It was in late March that workers for Lone Star Paving needed to bring an attorney’s letter to the job site to avoid a citation and potential arrest. As Lone Star’s General Counsel Josh Condon tells it, there was a bit of the old Wild West in Texas in the wake […]

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During COVID, Telecom Attorneys Dial in Fraud and Higher Phone Sales

Staying at home has not kept people from staying in touch

Thursday, April 30, 2020 Whether for emergencies, business or out of boredom, people are spending a lot more time on the phone these days. In fact, Verizon CEO Hans Vestburg told CNBC in late March call volumes are eclipsing New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day combined—every day. Not only was the company handling 800 million […]

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Even Post-COVID, Energy Industry Won’t be Same, Expert Says

Sickened by the virus, other issues are backburned

Thursday, April 23, 2020 In the best of times, it can be among the most unpopular industries, lawmakers in some states—among them California—even having advocated a ban on production of oil and natural gas. In the worst of times, which 2020 continues to be for energy companies, the threats may be even more daunting. Former […]

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What Happens, Legally, When the Olympics are Postponed or Cancelled

It’s more than medals at stake

Friday, April 17, 2020 The Olympics have only been cancelled three times since 1896, and only due to war, according to Time. In the midst of COVID-19 lockdowns, they’re at least being rescheduled, with the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo now planned for the summer of 2021. But as the general counsels from three of […]

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Fast-Tracked Medication Could Treat COVID-19 by Midsummer

Because coronavirus patients can’t wait another day

Thursday, April 16, 2020 It’s a long and expensive process between a medication being developed and brought to market, but with a global pandemic claiming victims by the thousands daily just in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration might provide some flexibility to companies that could offer something promising against COVID-19.  That could happen as early as summer with the anti-viral drug Vicromax. It’s being supported for imminent clinical testing by […]

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