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Spencer Fane Now Accepting Applicants for 2021 Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City

The Spencer Fane Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City was created to provide significant support to select local nonprofit arts organizations through a $50,000 donation to each recipient over the course of three years. The program was designed as a rotation so that one new recipient will enter the program each year, with another exiting upon completion of its three-year cycle.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Provide Insight on Revisions to NWP 12

Spencer Fane attorneys Jessica Merrigan, Kathleen Whitby, and Andrew Brought recently published an article featured in POWER.

Multiple Spencer Fane Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Legal Service

The Minnesota Bar Association (MSBA) recently honored Spencer Fane attorneys Jon Farnsworth, Jim Lodoen, Serena O’Neil, and Randi Winter as North Star Lawyers.

Helen Holden Provides Insight on DOL Guidelines During COVID-19 Pandemic

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden, recently published an article on TLNT, an online talent management and human resources publication, discussing recent guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL) relating to remote work.

Shawn Tuma Looks Back at Lessons Learned in Cybersecurity

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma recently presented for TechTitans, The Technology Association for North Texas, discussing lessons learned in cybersecurity.

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COVID-19 Resources

As COVID-19 continues to spread, so does its impact on employers, health care providers, financial institutions, real estate entities, fiduciaries, and small businesses. Spencer Fane has created a COVID-19 Resources page to serve as a resource to all individuals and entities grappling with the consequences of this ordeal, and will be updated as new developments take place.

What to Consider When Your Tenant Wants a Lease Modification

Landlords have several options to keep current tenants intact or reduce the financial ramifications if the tenant needs to step back from its current office footprint.

DOL-WHD Releases FLSA, FMLA, and FFCRA Guidance Relating to COVID-19 and Work From Home Issues

During the week of July 20th, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor published new guidance for employers, focusing on compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) in the midst of the pandemic (See FLSA Q&A, FMLA Q&A, and FFCRA Q&A).

$1,040,000 HIPAA Settlement for Stolen Unencrypted Laptop Breach — Why?

The United States Department of Health and Human Services reached an agreement with Lifespan Health System Affiliated Covered Entity (Lifespan ACE) in which Lifespan agreed to pay $1,040,000 and adopt a corrective action plan in the wake of its data breach that exposed over 20,431 patients’ protected health information. The breach occurred when an employee’s unencrypted laptop was stolen which contained electronic protected health information (ePHI) including: patients’ names, medical record numbers, demographic information, and medication information.

Eighth Circuit Weighs in on North Dakota Law in O&G Case

EIGHTH CIRCUIT BANKRUPTCY MONITOR

In Slawson Exploration Co., Inc. v. Nine Point Energy, LLC (In re Triangle USA Petroleum Corp.), the Eighth Circuit (Judges Shepherd, Smith, Melloy) held that under North Dakota law, an O&G promote obligation does not run with the land, was not an equitable servitude, and was not a real property interest akin to an overriding royalty.  Slawson and the Debtor’s predecessor, TPC, were O&G production companies who teamed up to lease, develop and drill land in North Dakota.  Under the terms of their agreement (the “EDA”), either party that acquired an O&G leasehold in a specified area of North Dakota was required to offer the other an undivided interest at cost in the proportion specified in the EDA: 70% for Slawson and 30% for TPC.  TPC also agreed to pay “an additional 10% of its share of the drilling, completing, and equipping costs for each well in which TPC elect[ed] to participate” – the “Promote Obligation.”

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Spencer Fane Health Care 2020

Join the Spencer Fane Health Care Team for a discussion on trending health care topics.

Shawn Tuma and Jeremy Rucker to Present at SecureWorld Dallas

Spencer Fane attorneys Shawn Tuma and Jeremy Rucker will present at the SecureWorld Dallas Conference on the current and future legal climate of cybersecurity.

John Watson to Provide Insight on Colorado Good Samaritan Act

Spencer Fane attorney, John L. Watson, will participate on a panel at the annual San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference in Silverton, Colorado on the topic “Reimagining Superfund in Historic Mining Districts.”

Shawn Tuma to Serve as Co-Chair at CAIL Cybersecurity Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma will participate in The Center for American and Internal Law (CAIL) Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Conference as both co-chair and moderator of two panels.

Mike Patterson to Participate in Panel on Capital Funding for Technology Companies

Spencer Fane attorney Mike Patterson will join a panel discussion about capital available for technology companies at a Perimeter83 Lunch & Learn event.

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