COLORADO BREWERIES CAN DELIVER BEER

COLORADO BREWERIES CAN DELIVER BEER

Breweries and other businesses are currently under quarantine restrictions related to the outbreak of COVID-19. Breweries in Colorado can sell beer to go but cannot have on-site consumption. Because on-site consumption represents such a significant revenue stream for most breweries, everyone is looking for ways to stay afloat. One brand new possibility for Colorado Breweries is home delivery. On Friday, Governor Jerad Polis issued an executive order temporarily allowing breweries with a wholesale license to deliver beer directly to consumers. That order also permits restaurants to deliver...

Base Selection for the U.S. Space Command is Halted

Base Selection for the U.S. Space Command is Halted

On March 4, 2020, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett announced that the service will restart the base selection process for the U.S. Space Command, tossing out a list of finalists that heavily favored Colorado.

VA’s Intent to Offer Contracts for VOSBs Leads to Contention

VA’s Intent to Offer Contracts for VOSBs Leads to Contention

VA’s Intent to Offer Contracts for VOSBs Leads to Contention Bayaud Enterprises, Inc. and SourceAmerica filed legal action against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2017. Bayaud is a (JWOD) eligible service provider that had contracts to provide medical transportation services, mailroom operations, and switchboard services at VA facilities in Colorado. SourceAmerica, a “central nonprofit agency,” represents 450 JWOD-eligible suppliers by helping them obtain, comply, with, and resolve contract disputes with federal agencies. Bayaud and SourceAmerica filed a Complaint against...

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BP Contests Walmart’s Economic Loss Claims

BP Contests Walmart’s Economic Loss Claims

The effects of the explosion from the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 are still present today. The explosion killed 11 people and leaked 3.19 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on the ocean floor 42 miles off the coast of Louisiana. It is likely that much of the oil spilled is still present in the Gulf today. As a result of the explosion and spill, a settlement agreement was made between BP and class action representatives that claimed damages from the disaster. The agreement included provisions for business economic-loss (BEL) claims for those companies...

OSHA and MSHA Raise Penalty Fees

OSHA and MSHA Raise Penalty Fees

In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. It was passed to improve the effectiveness of civil penalties and to maintain their deterrent effect. The Act requires agencies to adjust their level of monetary penalties and to make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation no later than January 15th of each year. The Labor Department issued an annual inflation adjustment of civil penalties in 2019. It calculates the annual adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U). The most recent adjustment is based on the percent change...

Trump Proposes NEPA Changes

Trump Proposes NEPA Changes

Trump Proposes Limiting Environmental Reviews and Eliminating Climate Change Considerations From NEPA On the 50th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), the President has proposed making the first regulatory change to the Act in over 40 years. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) recently proposed changes to NEPA. The Act requires environmental reviews of projects like highways and pipelines. The changes to NEPA will reduce the number of projects that would trigger environmental reviews, expand the number of project categories that can be exempted...

Plaintiffs Backpay Private Action Precluded by SCA

Plaintiffs Backpay Private Action Precluded by SCA

A group of plaintiffs that included Tiffaney L. Mayes filed a complaint with the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor against Excelsior Ambulance Service, Inc. and James A. Graham, M.D. when they discovered they were being underpaid by the defendant’s business. According to the Defendants, the Wage and Hour Division concluded the Plaintiffs were improperly classified and sought retroactive pay for the Plaintiffs.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day in New York City on February 28, 1909, German revolutionary Clara Zetkin proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference that March 8 be honored annually in memory of working women. The day has been celebrated as International Women’s Day or International Working Women’s Day ever since. The 2020 campaign theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual, which upholds the concept of...

Davis-Bacon Violations

Davis-Bacon Violations

The Davis-Bacon Act, established in 1931, requires contractors and subcontractors that are performing contracts to pay local prevailing wages to laborers and mechanics that work on public works projects. The Davis-Bacon Act applies to federally-funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works. The work laborers and mechanics encompasses are far broader than what the names imply. These jobs include carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders, flaggers, and many more. However, employees that are not covered by the...

Three Sample Trademark Cases

Three Sample Trademark Cases

A trademark is an intellectual property right that protects a company’s brand. The idea is to allow a producer of goods or services to distinguish their goods or services from those of a different producer. If you purchase a hamburger that comes in a bag with the McDonald’s arches on it, you know that burger came from McDonald’s, not Wendy’s. There are state, federal, and international trademark laws that interact with one another. These laws impact your business, whether you know it or not, and should be considered when developing a trademark strategy. Following are three cases that...