April 27, 2021 Treasury and IRS Implement Temporary 100% Deduction for Business Food and Beverage ExpensesThe Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued a new notice under the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act of 2020 (the “Act”) which provides guidance on the 100% deduction for food and beverage expenses provided by a restaurant and incurred after December 31, 2020 and before January 1, 2023. The purpose of […]Read More
April 8, 2021 Summary of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021Summers Compton Wells LLC has prepared a summary regarding the latest installment of COVID-19 relief and stimulus legislation, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This summary provides information on new and expanded grant programs and tax benefits for businesses and employers, including: The State Small Business Credit Initiative Economic Injury Disaster Loans The Restaurant […]Read More
February 9, 2021 Are Your Trade Secrets Under Lock and Key?New Missouri cases demonstrate that protection is paramount. By:  Jim Nowogrocki Trade secret litigation has been on an upward trajectory in recent years, especially with the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  As recent Missouri federal decisions show, an essential legal component is that an owner must show that it has taken […]Read More
January 22, 2021 Summary of Second Draw PPP Loan ProgramSummers Compton Wells has prepared a summary of the new Second Draw PPP Loan Program that may be helpful for borrowers who received a first round PPP loan and still had a 25% reduction in gross receipts due to COVID-19. These loans are available beginning the week of January 11, 2021. The application deadline is […]Read More
January 22, 2021 Summary of First Draw PPP Loan ProgramSummers Compton Wells has prepared a summary of the recently re-opened First Draw PPP Loan Program that may be helpful for eligible borrowers who did not previously receive PPP loans.  These loans are available beginning the week of January 11, 2021. The application deadline is March 31, 2021. For more information, see the summary linked […]Read More
January 11, 2021 Assignee’s Report of Events as of December 31, 2020In the Notice of Assignment (the “Notice”) for the Benefit of Creditors Relating to FSM Company 1A, LLC f/d/b/a The Printing Source (“TPS”), I indicated that I would provide periodic reports of the events concerning the liquidation of the assets of TPS. As I indicated in the Notice, the primary assets of TPS included real […]Read More
January 8, 2021 Missouri Federal Court Upholds Non-Compete and Trade Secret AgreementBy:  Jim Nowogrocki Finding that a territory manager’s use and disclosure of a former employer’s trade secrets appeared inevitable, a federal judge in Missouri recently issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting his current employment with an industry competitor. In its preliminary ruling, the Court decided that the plaintiff, a national beverage distributor, was likely […]Read More
December 22, 2020 EEOC Issues New Guidelines For COVID-19 Vaccines in the WorkplaceThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just issued its initial guidance on COVID vaccinations in the workplace, including whether an employer can mandate vaccine usage. The EEOC clarified that requiring a vaccine is not a “medical examination” as that term is used under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), even if it is administered […]Read More
November 16, 2020 Litigation Update: Pizza, Provel and Ravioli; MO Supreme Court rules on invoice issueAfter an ingredient supplier of Italian food products sued a pizza restaurant company for amounts due on unpaid invoices, the Missouri Supreme Court recently reversed the trial court’s judgment for the supplier, finding that Missouri’s 5-year statute of limitations barred the legal claims. The Court held that signed invoices did not contain a written promise […]Read More
October 12, 2020 Independent Contractor or Not? Changes Loom on Legal Horizon with Proposed DOL RuleChanges loom on legal horizon with proposed DOL rule Reflecting a recent legal trend to clarify whether an individual is properly classified as an employee or independent contractor, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule to determine this status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. (FLSA) In its proposal, the DOL […]Read More