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Coats Rose Represents Residential Developer in the Creation of a Public Improvement District in Collin County, Texas

Tim GreenDALLAS – July 14, 2020 – Coats Rose attorney Tim Green represented the developer in the creation of a 178-acre public improvement district (“PID”) in Princeton, Texas and the subsequent issuance of $4,905,000 Special Assessment Revenue Bonds to fund the water, sewer, drainage and roads to serve the first two phases of such development.

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Ben Aderholt to Serve in Construction Law Adjunct Professorship at University of Houston Law Center

HOUSTON – June 25, 2020 – Coats Rose attorney Ben Aderholt will serve as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center for the Fall 2020 semester. Previously, Aderholt taught a construction law course for five years at the South Texas College of Law Houston.

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Elizabeth Haecker Ryan to Serve as Vice Chair of Diversity on the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

NEW ORLEANS – June 8, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a leading business transaction and litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Haecker Ryan has been appointed to serve as Vice Chair of Diversity on the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee for the 2020-2021 term.

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Pittman Appointed to Baker Institute’s Drug Policy Program

HOUSTON – May 18, 2020 – Lisa Pittman, an attorney focused on medical marijuana, cannabis and hemp law has been appointed as a Nonresident Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy as a part of the Drug Policy Program.

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Coats Rose Support Healthcare Heroes in Houston

We support and applaud our healthcare heroes at Houston Methodist Hospital including Dr. Stephanie Tran, wife of Coats Rose attorney Samuel Johnson.

We provided lunch from Apple Spice to the nurses and staff in the hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care unit in gratitude for the hard work of these front line heroes who are keeping us healthy during this pandemic.

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COVID-19 News Insights and Business Resources

Coats Rose is dedicated to providing clients with the latest information to help their businesses to run smoothly during this critical time. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 legal developments and are dedicated to providing up-to-date information regarding potential impacts to businesses.

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EEOC Publishes Further Guidance for Employers Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness in Workplace

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated guidance in its previously published pandemic guidance issued during the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009.  Updates were issued in March 2020 and again on April 9, 2020 and April 17, 2020.

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Business Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Cannabis Edition – Part II: Louisiana Bulletin

In this series of posts, we share information about the various relief opportunities that may be available for cannabis businesses experiencing financial woes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including federal stimulus relief, general business dispute resolution methods, and potential insurance claims and also share a few options specific to Texas and Louisiana, and more. 

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Business Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Cannabis Edition – Part I: Federal Stimulus Packages

With various stay-at-home orders put in place across the country to help “flatten the curve” as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, three federal stimulus bills were signed into law in the last few weeks and are now being rapidly rolled out. 

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Stimulus Resources Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture

In addition to stimulus resources available through the Federal Reserve, SBA and other federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been provided with additional resources that may be available to farmers and rural businesses, including:

  • $9.5 billion for USDA to respond to COVID-19, including for providing support to impacted agricultural producers
  • USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp.

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Overuse of Beneficiary Designations Can Derail a Client’s Estate Plan

by: Sol S. Reifer, JD, LL.M – Estate Planning, Accredited Estate Planner

“I notice that your account does not have a beneficiary listed, would you like to list one now? Listing a beneficiary can avoid the expense and delay of probate.”

This is a question more and more of our clients are being asked (and encouraged to prepare) by representatives at financial institutions.

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CARES Act, $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Package Signed into Law

UPDATE: The $2.2 trillion stimulus package referred to as the CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act provides economic assistance to businesses of all types (including nonprofits) and public entities. The Act also provides monetary assistance and other forms of relief for qualifying individuals.

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A New Species of Business Disruptions: Understanding Force Majeure Clauses, Business Disruption Claims and How to Plan for the Unexpected in the Age of COVID-19

By: Ryan M.T. Allen and R. Anderson Sessions

The last several weeks have confirmed what most knew was never myth: the U.S. economy is tied hand-in-hand with the state of global affairs in countries that, though far beyond our borders, directly impact the daily business operations for regional, state, and local businesses.

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U.S. Federal Reserve Announces Planned Actions to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Federal Reserve announced Monday that it will use the “full range of [its] authorities to provide powerful support for the flow of credit to American families and businesses.”  New measures have been added to the Fed’s list of planned actions to address the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Impact of COVID-19 on Estate Planning

Author: Sol S. Reifer, JD, LL.M-Estate Planning, Accredited Estate Planner

The rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is creating a plethora of unique estate planning and legal challenges across the globe, particularly given the volatility of the financial markets.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This summary is limited to the expanded paid leave and payroll tax provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act as those are the topics about which we anticipate receiving the most questions in the immediate future.  The bill provides job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), paid sick leave for certain  full- and part-time employees, and grants tax credits to employers to recoup the cost of the leave provided. 

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Coats Rose Attorney R. Anderson Sessions Named to the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers© Rising Stars List

DALLAS – March 18, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a leading business transaction and litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that R. Anderson Sessions been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers© Rising Stars list.

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Coats Rose Adds Two Litigators to Dallas Office

DALLAS – March 17, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a transactional and litigation law firm focused on development, is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys in its Dallas office, bolstering the firm’s litigation practice. 

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Coats Rose Adds Lisa Pittman and Announces Cannabis Business Law Practice – Expansion of the Firm’s Regulatory Legal Counseling Services

HOUSTON – March 10, 2020 – Coats Rose is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa L. Pittman to the firm’s Austin office.  Pittman’s pioneering work in the cannabis business industry in Texas has earned her the title, “The First Lady of Texas Cannabis Law.”  Her practice is focused on hemp and cannabis business planning and compliance, as well as commercial litigation. 

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Megan Riess Selected to the 2020 Leadership in Law Class by New Orleans CityBusiness

Megan C. RiessNEW ORLEANS – March 5, 2020 – Coats Rose is pleased to announce that Megan Riess has been selected to the 2020 Leadership in Law class by the New Orleans CityBusiness newspaper. Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals for their professional and community involvement and achievements that have set the pace for the overall community.

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