BrownWinick Adds Insurance Regulatory and Compliance Practice

By: BrownWinick | 07.09.2020

  BrownWinick is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Maureen Henderson to our Des Moines, Iowa, office. Maureen has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Traditional Life at Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited. At BrownWinick, Maureen’s Read…

BrownWinick Wins Ruling Resulting in Substantial Impact on the Livestock Production Industry

By: BrownWinick | 07.08.2020

On July 6, BrownWinick attorney, Danielle Smid, and Texas attorney, Shawn Twing, obtained a ruling with potential for broad impact on the livestock production industry. In the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, the Court held that an Animal Care Auditor for a swine production system was an agricultural employee and, Read…

Reminder On Upcoming Deadlines For Filing Income Tax Returns And Paying Income Tax

By: Christopher Nuss | 07.02.2020

Because of the ongoing pandemic, several due dates for filing tax returns and paying tax related thereto have been extended. Click here for details. This is a reminder of certain upcoming filing and payment deadlines for both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDOR). Please see the following table and Read…

130B Unallocated Loan Funds, Senate Passes Unanimous Consent to Extend PPP

By: BrownWinick | 07.01.2020

  Just before the deadline passed at midnight on Tuesday, June 30, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent an extension to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that would allow small businesses until August 8, 2020 to apply for a loan. More than 4.8 million small business owners have received over $520 billion in relief Read…

Governor Reynolds Extends Emergency Proclamation

By: Amy Howells | 06.29.2020

  On Thursday, June 25th, Governor Reynolds extended Iowa’s Emergency Proclamation. The Proclamation enacts certain requirements, restrictions, and/or relief in the following areas due to COVID-19 concerns: Protection of Vulnerable Iowans Reopening of Businesses and Establishments Mass Gatherings Nonessential or Elective Surgeries and Procedures Dental Services Mandatory Screening of Health Facility Staff School Closures Graduation Read…

M&A During COVID-19

By: BrownWinick | 06.26.2020

  If you’re wondering what impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on the M&A world, you’re asking the right question. There is no doubt this pandemic caused turbulence in the financial market, but it may not all be bad news. While some companies are treading carefully during this uncertain economic state, others are moving quickly Read…

Main Street Lending Program

By: BrownWinick | 06.25.2020

  The Federal Reserve released further information concerning the Main Street Lending Program on June 20th. Three facilities are used to distribute loans: Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF), the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF) and the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF). The eligibility criteria remain the same across all three facilities. For Read…

Long-term Impact of COVID-19 on Contracting

By: BrownWinick | 06.23.2020

  The coronavirus pandemic has permanently transformed the default structure of contractual relationships between business entities. In the past few months, the use of force majeure clauses and the doctrines of impracticability/impossibility and frustration of purpose have skyrocketed as businesses attempt to terminate unfavorable agreements. This recent uptick can be attributed to the unprecedented challenges Read…

SCOTUS Rules Gay and Transgender Employees Protected by Title VII

By: Amy Howells |

  In a highly anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court declared that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (the “Act”). The decision was handed down in the consolidated case Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia on Monday, June Read…

Insurer Response to COVID Claims by Businesses

By: BrownWinick | 06.22.2020

  Nearly three months after COVID made its first appearance in the U.S., many businesses remain closed or operating on a limited basis, resulting in disastrous financial implications. One potential strategy to mediate the financial impact for many is business interruption insurance. However, insurance companies are weary of paying out business interruption claims and are Read…