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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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COVID-19 Lawsuits: Current Trends and What We Can Expect
Category: Banking, Class Action, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Litigation
In the less than two-month period since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in the United States, courts at both the state and federal levels have seen a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 lawsuits filed. The first of these lawsuits was filed on March 9, by a couple quarantined on…
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Products Liability Series: What is the Statute of Limitations on a Products Claim Under Arkansas Law?
Category: Litigation, Products Liability
For a products liability claim in Arkansas, the general rule is that a lawsuit shall be commenced within three years after the date on which the death, injury, or damage complained of occurs. Ark. Code Ann. § 16-116-203. In this week’s installment of the Mitchell Williams Products Liability Series…
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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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