Publications

Coronavirus Challenges for Commercial Landlords

By: Ethan C. Geis and Mike T. Van Someren The COVID-19 virus is having negative effects on many aspects of life in the world, not least including economics close to home.  Unfortunately, commercial real estate and capital markets are not immune to these effects.  In light of the modern real estate investment, which almost always includes a...

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COVID-19 Closes K-12 Public and Private Schools – Employers Must Adapt

By: Abby S. Busler On March 13, 2020, just before 5:00pm Governor Evers issued an agency order mandating the closure of all K-12 Wisconsin schools both public and private, as part of efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. This decision has a widespread impact on Wisconsin’s workforce and its public and private...

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Supporting Local Businesses During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

By: Alexander T. Kay Small businesses are essential to the vitality of our local economy and community.  It is important that we support the small businesses in our community during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. COVID-19 continues to spread globally even with individuals, businesses, and governments undertaking reasonable precautions.  The...

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Impact of COVID-19 on Supply Chain Contracts and Responding to Force Majeure Claims

By: Alexander T. Kay and Joseph E. Tierney IV Has COVID-19, the coronavirus, caused supply chain problems for your business?  Review your contracts for a “force majeure” clause.  A force majeure clause is a common provision in contracts.  It is a contractual provision allocating the risk of loss if performance becomes impossible or impracticable,...

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DHS and DPI Issued Guidance for School Districts Preparing for the Coronavirus

DHS and DPI Issued Guidance for School Districts Preparing for the Coronavirus

By: Abby S. Busler Note: Perspectives shared are limited to the factors present as of the date of the article and thus may no longer be relevant due to the fluid nature of the pandemic’s impact.  Please check with your Davis|Kuelthau attorney or the author for the most current perspectives.  It is important to regularly consult with federal,...

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CMS Suspends Nursing Home Inspections, Offers Guidance in Wake of Coronavirus

By: Alec Dobson The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is suspending non-emergency inspections of nursing homes so inspectors can focus on the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  CMS also announced guidance for controlling COVID-19 in nursing homes. CMS announced March 4 that, effective immediately, it will conduct only the...

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U.S. Launches Crackdown on Substandard Nursing Home Care

U.S. Launches Crackdown on Substandard Nursing Home Care

By: Alec Dobson The U.S. Department of Justice began an initiative this week to pursue and “bring to justice” nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care.”  The initiative is not meant to accuse the long-term care industry in general, Attorney General William Barr said. Barr announced on March 3 that the DOJ’s National Nursing Home...

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Property Owners: Before You White-Wash Graffiti, You Might Want to Reconsider

Property Owners: Before You White-Wash Graffiti, You Might Want to Reconsider

By: Joseph S. Heino and Ryan M. Spott In what could be considered an unusual extension of protections given to works of artistic expression, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion affirming the value of certain street art – also known as graffiti.  Castillo v. G&M Realty L.P., No. 18-498-CV, 2020 WL 826392 (2d Cir. Feb. 20,...

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Remote Online Notarization Becomes Law

Remote Online Notarization Becomes Law

By: Joseph E. Tierney IV and Lawrence J. Glusman Governor Evers signed AB 293 today which permits parties in Wisconsin to allow the performance of notarial acts via audio-visual technology[1] for remotely located individuals.  In other words, a notary public in Wisconsin does not need to be in the same room as the person for whom they are...

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