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Does McGirt Cede Oklahoma Waters to Native American Tribes?
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law, Litigation
On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court made waves in McGirt v. Oklahoma by overturning a criminal conviction imposed upon a Native American defendant under Oklahoma law. The primary reasons for overturning the conviction were that (i) the defendant had allegedly committed the crime on land Congress had…
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Bankruptcy Courts are Easing Traditionally Rigid Lease Payment Requirements for Commercial Tenants In COVID-Related Filings
Category: Banking, Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditor-Debtor Rights, Business, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Litigation
Bankruptcy courts in multiple jurisdictions have granted tenant-friendly relief to companies that have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in recent months. While the Bankruptcy Code typically requires timely performance of lease obligations under 11 U.S.C. § 365, bankruptcy courts have employed…
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Are You Immune? Your Business May Be: Executive Order Protects Businesses from Civil Liability Due to COVID-19 Exposure
Category: Business, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Litigation
In a bit of much needed good news for Arkansas businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, on June 15, 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Executive Order 20-33 (the “Order”) which provides businesses immunity from civil liability as a result of exposure to COVID-19. The threat of litigation…
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May the "Force" Majeure Be With You: Is COVID-19 a Force Majeure Event?
Category: Appellate Law, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Eighth Circuit Appellate , Litigation
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our daily interactions. And, its effect on many businesses’ ability to function cannot be overstated. It has been devastating. As you are well aware, the pandemic has also added a number of new words and phrases to our vocabulary—“social…
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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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