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July 01, 2020

“Protecting Your Business from COVID-19: New Exposure Liability Laws”

Philips, McMahen Present BRAC Webinar on Legislative Bills Click here to watch the webinar Taylor Porter attorneys Skip Philips and Coulter McMahen presented a BRAC Business Webinar – “Protecting Your Business from COVID-19: New Exposure Liability Laws,” which... Read More
June 23, 2020

Taylor Porter Attorneys Present BRAC Webinar: “Phase Two and the Hospitality Industry”

Governor Edwards Announces Louisiana to Remain in Phase Two Click here to watch the webinar Taylor Porter attorneys Katie Goodson and Erin Sayes Kenny served as panelists for a BRAC Business Webinar, “Phase Two and the Hospitality Industry,”... Read More
June 19, 2020

Taylor Porter, IberiaBank Team Up to Present BRAC Webinar Update on PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules

Click here to download the PPT presentation Click here to watch the webinar Taylor Porter Managing Partner Bob Barton and Taylor Porter Partner and Executive Committee Member Brett Furr joined IberiaBank Executive Vice President and Baton Rouge Market President John... Read More
June 18, 2020

Thames’ Article on “Health Care Provider Liability” Published in Louisiana State Bar Magazine

Click here to read the article in the Louisiana Bar Journal Taylor Porter Partner and health care law attorney Adam Thames had his article, "Louisiana Health Care Provider Liability During a Pandemic," published in the Louisiana Bar Journal, the... Read More
June 10, 2020

Thames Presents CLE on Health Care Provider Liability During Pandemic

Click here to read Thames' Article on COVID-19 Treatment and Provider Statutory Protections Taylor Porter Partner and health care law attorney Adam Thames will present a CLE for the Baton Rouge Bar Association on "Louisiana Health Care Provider Liability During... Read More
June 05, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Signed Into Law

Among Changes: Act Extends Covered Period During Which Borrowers May Use Loan Proceeds for Eligible Expenses to 24 Weeks By Bob Barton – Managing Partner | bob.barton@taylorporter.com Ashley Carver Meredith – Associate | ashley.meredith@taylorporter.com Ryan Gonzales ... Read More
June 04, 2020

Louisiana Enters Phase Two on June 5: Here are the Governor’s Guidelines

Phase 2 for Restaurants and Bars On June 1, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that following continued improvement in Louisiana’s COVID-19 outlook and a significant increase in testing capacity and contact tracing, Louisiana is ready to move to Phase 2... Read More
May 27, 2020

SBA Issues Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness Requirements; Outlines Loan Review Procedures

By Bob Barton – Managing Partner | bob.barton@taylorporter.com Ashley Carver Meredith – Associate | ashley.meredith@taylorporter.com Ryan Gonzales – Associate | ryan.gonzales@taylorporter.com On Friday May 22, the Small Business Administration released two interim final rules... Read More
May 15, 2020

La. Moves Into Phase One; New Openings and Additional Guidelines for Hospitality Industry

By Taylor Porter Alcoholic Beverage Licensing and Related Enforcement Issues Practice Team Richard Easterling, Special Counsel | richard.easterling@taylorporter.com Katie Goodson, Special Counsel | katie.goodson@taylorporter.com Erin Sayes Kenny, Partner | erin.kenny@taylorporter.com Mike Walsh, Partner | michael... Read More
May 14, 2020

Miyagi’s Article on Settling PI Claims, Section 111 and Civil Penalties Published by LADC

Click here to read article in the May 2020 LADC (Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel) Newsletter Taylor Porter Partner Barrye Miyagi had her article "Settling Personal Injury Claims: Section 111 and Civil Monetary Penalties - Is Your Client Compliant?" published in the... Read More
May 12, 2020

Navigating Louisiana’s Public Bid Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By John Andrishok, Special Counsel Construction and Employment, Labor and Benefits john.andrishok@taylorporter.com   Since early March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a dozen or more proclamations addressing a broad spectrum... Read More
May 11, 2020

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance: COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication

By Vicki M. Crochet - Partner, Employment, Labor and Benefits Practice Group Leader, Executive Committee Vice-Chair | vicki.crochet@taylorporter.com and M. Lenore Feeney - Of Counsel | lenore.feeney@taylorporter.com   On May 5, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated... Read More
May 08, 2020

Retirement Account Tax Rules Change Amidst COVID-19 Legislation

By Rebecca Hinton, Special Counsel | rebecca.hinton@taylorporter.com and Leah Canaday Cook, Associate | leah.cook@taylorporter.com Although the value of investment accounts have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, retirement investors may have a tax-related silver lining with respect... Read More
May 07, 2020

COVID-19 Alcohol/Licensing News - Updated Guidance for Hospitality and Retail Industry

***Please note this article and these rules are current as of May 7, 2020, and may be subject to change. Louisiana Stay At Home Order Extended to May 15   The Louisiana Stay At Home Order has been extended until May 15, with the... Read More
May 06, 2020

Groves Lowe Teaches “Legal Issues in Education Administration” for Southeastern Graduate Students

Taylor Porter Partner Amy Groves Lowe was asked to teach two graduate level classes this week at Southeastern, via google meet, to PhD candidates in education. Groves Lowe taught the classes on legal issues in education administration.  Practicing law... Read More
May 05, 2020

Thames’ Article on COVID-19 Treatment Published in LHA Newsletter

Click here to read article in newsletter Taylor Porter Partner and health care attorney Adam Thames' article, "Louisiana AG Addresses COVID-19 Drug Treatment and Provider Statutory Protections," was published in the Louisiana Hospital Association Impact Lawbrief April 2020 newsletter. Established in 1926,... Read More
May 01, 2020

Former Chair Mike Walsh Recognized in La. Attorney Disciplinary Board’s 30th Anniversary

Click here to view the LADB Board Members recognized in 30th Anniversary On April 1, 2020, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board celebrated its 30th anniversary by remembering and honoring its board members, including Taylor Porter Partner Mike Walsh, who previously served as... Read More
April 30, 2020

Cyber Attacks Increase During Pandemic; Proactive Measures Employers Can Take

By John Murrill, Partner, Executive Committee, Technology Committee Chair Litigation, Labor and Employment, Data Security john.murrill@taylorporter.com As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, people carefully scrutinize the daily news reports for evidence that social distancing... Read More
April 28, 2020

E-Signature, Electronic Endorsement of Notary Temporarily Acceptable in COVID-19

By Savannah Walker Smith, Associate savannah.smith@taylorporter.com and Ryan French, Partner ryan.french@taylorporter.com Louisiana law ordinarily requires that notarial acts be signed in the physical presence of the relevant notary. Pursuant to the Uniform Electronic... Read More
April 28, 2020

Five Taylor Porter Attorneys Ranked by Clients, Peers in 2020 Chambers USA Guide

Taylor Porter had five attorneys ranked as “Leaders in Their Field” in the Chambers USA 2020 Directory, which has surveyed clients and other law firms to rank attorneys globally since 1990. The annual guide of the best law firms... Read More
April 27, 2020

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance: COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication

On April 17 and 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued additional guidance related to the impact of COVID-19 on the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and other Equal Employment Opportunity laws. The following is meant to serve as a summary of the... Read More
April 23, 2020

President Trump Signs Into Law $484 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill; Adding More Than $300B to PPP

By Bob Barton – Managing Partner, Business and Commercial Litigation bob.barton@taylorporter.com and Ryan Gonzales – Associate, Tax Attorney ryan.gonzales@taylorporter.com Click here to view the Bill President Trump signed into law today the “Paycheck... Read More
April 20, 2020

Newly-Elected LBF President Skip Philips Featured in Louisiana Bar Journal

Click here to read the article Taylor Porter Partner Skip Philips, the newly elected 2020-2021 President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, is featured in a Q&A interview in the April/May edition of the Louisiana Bar Journal,... Read More
April 16, 2020

SBA Reaches $349 Billion PPP Loan Limit; Businesses Should Plan for Loan Forgiveness Rules

By Bob Barton and Ryan Gonzales bob.barton@taylorporter.com ryan.gonzales@taylorporter.com On Thursday, the SBA reached its $349 billion limit in loans under the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. On... Read More
April 15, 2020

Where’s My Stimulus Check? - “Get My Payment” Web App Launched on Tax Day

On Tax Day, April 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS launched the “Get My Payment” web application. The free app allows taxpayers who filed their tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking... Read More
April 13, 2020

COVID-19: Which Tax Return Filings Are Extended; What Are The Requirements?

Click here for the COVID19 Tax Filings and Payments Extension Schedule Following the President’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, and the Governor’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency in Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020, the... Read More
April 07, 2020

SBA Issues Additional Guidance, Answers Questions on Paycheck Protection Program

Click here to read the additional guidance As of April 6, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, provided additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program ... Read More
April 03, 2020

Louisiana Proposed Legislation to Ensure Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption

Louisiana is considering legislation that would require insurance companies to cover business interruption losses caused by COVID-19 despite policy language that an insurance company might try to rely on to argue COVID-19 losses are not covered. The Louisiana House and... Read More
April 01, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): DOL Update - March 30, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance in the form of questions and answers (Q&A). On March 28th, DOL revised and supplemented this guidance.  (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic... Read More
March 31, 2020

Guidance Issued on Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

Borrower Paycheck Protection Program Application Borrower Information Fact Sheet Lender Information Fact Sheet List of SBA Lenders in Louisiana As a result of the $2 trillion stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or the ‘... Read More
March 27, 2020

BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: President Trump Signs into Law $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

United States President Donald Trump has signed into law the $2 trillion stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or the ‘‘CARES Act”), H.R. 748. The Bill was approved early Friday by... Read More
March 26, 2020

DOL Issues Updated Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 26th, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued additional guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. In its new FAQs published to its website, the DOL establishes that the notice posting requirement can be met... Read More
March 26, 2020

“Health Care Provider Liability During a Pandemic” - Published by LAMMICO

Click here to read article Taylor Porter Partner and Health Care Attorney Adam Thames' article, "Health Care Provider Liability During a Pandemic," was published on the LAMMICO "Resources on COVID-19" website that contains federal and state resources and information that... Read More
March 25, 2020

Federal Government’s Historic $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Nears Finish Line

Here’s What We Know Taylor Porter is closely monitoring the $2 trillion stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or the ‘‘CARES Act”), which the Senate is expected to approve later... Read More
March 23, 2020

Message from Taylor Porter Managing Partner

Clients and Friends, Under the direction of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ “Statewide Shelter-In-Place Order” beginning today at 5 p.m., Taylor Porter will initiate a Work-From-Home policy for our Firm’s attorneys and staff. Only essential... Read More
March 23, 2020

Frey Interviewed in Business Report on Force Majeure, Business Interruption Insurance

Click here to read article Taylor Porter attorney Jess Frey was interviewed in a Baton Rouge Business Report article, "Attorneys Face Onslaught of Questions Regarding Force Majeure, Business Interruption Insurance." Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, attorneys are getting bombarded with... Read More
March 22, 2020

Small Business News - SBA Loan Applications Open in Louisiana

Click here to apply for loan through SBA website Louisiana small businesses gain access to SBA disaster loans in wake of coronavirus​ The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved all affected small businesses in Louisiana suffering substantial economic... Read More
March 20, 2020

U.S. Tax Filing Deadline Moved to July 15, 2020

By Rebecca Hinton Taylor Porter Tax Law Attorney The U.S. tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15, 2020, according to a tweet today by United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The extension means Americans will have an additional three... Read More
March 20, 2020

Insurance Industry: Coronavirus News

Emergency Rule Issued by Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Read Full Text of Emergency Rule Jim Donelon, the Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, has issued an emergency rule that aims to streamline COVID-19 testing and prescription procedures. The rule places the... Read More
March 20, 2020

Oil and Gas Industry: Coronavirus News

U.S. Department of Energy Purchases Crude Oil Read DOE Press Release At the direction of United States President Donald J. Trump, the Department of Energy (DOE) will fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to its maximum capacity by purchasing 77... Read More
March 20, 2020

United Way Establishes Captial Area COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

Click here to donate Capital Area United Way has established the Capital Area COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to aid the residents and organizations of its 10-parish region. The fund will be used to assist in the recovery from the pandemic'... Read More
March 19, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Bill: What Employers Need to Know

By Taylor Porter Employment, Labor and Benefits Practice Group H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or H.R. 6201. What does the bill cover? ... Read More
March 18, 2020

Real Estate Industry: Coronavirus News and Resources

FHFA Suspends Foreclosures and Evictions for Enterprise-Backed Mortgages The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been directed to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days. The foreclosure and eviction suspension... Read More
March 18, 2020

Banking Industry: Coronavirus News and Resources

American Bankers Association  ​ Pandemic Response and Business Continuity Resources for Banks America’s Banks Are Here to Help: The Industry Responds to the Coronavirus SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted... Read More
March 18, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor News - Coronavirus Resources

The United States Department of Labor continues to update its website and provide resources to help business respond to the Coronavirus pandemic impact. Updates can be viewed at: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus Workplace Safety OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces... Read More
March 18, 2020

Copyright Law News - Operations Updates for U.S. Copyright Office Amidst Physical Shutdown

As reported on the Copyright.gov website, "Operations Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic,"  all Library of Congress buildings, which includes the U.S. Copyright Office, will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. to reduce... Read More
March 17, 2020

IRS Defers Tax Payments by 90 Days Past April 15 Deadline Due to Coronavirus

By Rebecca Hinton Taylor Porter Tax Attorney As federal agencies scramble to adjust to the ever-changing economic landscape brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced today that the federal government is deferring the April 1... Read More
March 17, 2020

Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control to Expedite Issuance of Delivery Permits

By Taylor Porter Alcoholic Beverage Licensing and Related Enforcement Issues Practice Team Read the official press release from the ATC Commissioner Juana Lombard In response to COVID-19, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a temporary shutdown of bars, casinos, and... Read More
March 13, 2020

Legal FAQs for Employers Concerning Coronavirus

By Taylor Porter Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice As the nation continues to grapple with the growing concern and impact of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – amidst a national emergency, the unprecedented cancellation of major sporting events... Read More
March 12, 2020

Local, State, Federal Resources, and Updated News Concerning Coronavirus

Below are several resources at the local and federal levels surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic concerns: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS Baton Roge Area Chamber (BRAC) Disaster Preparedness and Response Efforts Louisiana Associaion of Business and Industry (LABI) - Coronavirus Resources for Business ... Read More

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