E45: Season 4 Episode 10 – Season in Review
In Season 4, Blackletter has covered a variety of topics, from nanoparticle technology to the challenges of enforcing non-compete agreements. We discuss how different areas of the law have been affected by COVID 19 and how individuals can navigate these uncertain times.
Nanoscience and Adapting to COVID-19 Testing
Tom Dunlap, Ross Dunlap and Ben Lepene discuss how nanoparticle technology helps identify biomarkers that can reveal diseases. For example, this technology has helped advance the diagnosis of Lyme disease. This testing technology can be applied to many diseases, and in recent months, funding has been allocated to create a more accurate test for COVID-19. Ross and Ben also give advice for Biotech startups: be flexible and pay attention to the market.
The Effects of COVID on Family Law
The attorneys at WhitbeckBennett speak on the challenges with Family Law in the time of COVID, and how they’ve overcome them. When the country shut down, many divorces and custody battles struggled to continue as many individuals lacked privacy in the home. Zoom calls weren’t going to cut it, so WhitbeckBennet created private, no-contact rooms where people could come speak to their lawyers. They discuss their techniques on how to handle the added anxiety of COVID in an already stressful time in their lives.
Corporate Financial Solutions During COVID 19
Bruce Coombes relays how QuickFees has helped clients and lawyers overcome payment challenges in a time where many people’s income streams have been affected by the virus. For a small interest fee, QuickFees pays attorneys so that clients’ cases remain valid, even if their income has changed.
Unpacking the New SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidelines
Jenn Loges and Cherylyn Harley LeBon break down the CARES Act, particularly the PPP loan that seeks to aid businesses in need. They go through what the new guidelines mean, how payroll is calculated and much more. They discuss what the new PPP loan means for your business and how you can smooth out the process of applying for it.
Employer’s Guide to Re-Open Business after COVID 19 Closure
Tom Dunlap and Phil Schwartz relay their employer and employee tips on reopening businesses safely. They answer the most pressing questions about the new restrictions and regulations that are being enacted in different states.
Local Counsel in Delaware
Tracy Pearson and Rolando Diaz speak on why so many in the venture capital world prefer to base businesses in Delaware. In this interesting episode, they walk through how the Delaware court of law is unique and should be considered for corporations with their high standards and streamlined process. However, Pearson and Diaz also speak on the confusion with the tax laws in Delaware.
Immigration during COVID 19
Gerald LeMelle and Natalie Cressey discuss the challenges large companies and their workforce face with the new Executive Orders. US based companies particularly suffer under these guidelines, giving businesses in other countries an advantage. The Executive Orders also impact international students, which colleges are attempting to compensate for.
Non-Compete Advice and Tips
David Ludwig and Ben Barlow define what non-competition agreements entail and why they can be so difficult to reenforce. They speak on how COVID has made these contracts even harder to regulate and how the virus affects both the employer and the employee side of the situation.
Messaging and Content Delivery in the Senior Living Market
In the final episode of the season, Rob Wray, Lisa Roden, and Aimee McKinney chat about how Blue Star, a subscription service, brings hardware, software, and communications into senior homes. In quarantine, many seniors feel more isolated than ever—Blue Star makes it easier to connect with their families. The guests also discuss the legality of content creation and understanding the legal requirements of starting a business.