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By Jascha K. Clark03/19/2020 On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”).1 The Act provides for free coronavirus testing, enhances Unemployment Insurance, strengthens food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding to states. Further, and of particular interest to employers, the Act (1) mandates that covered employers... Read more »

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By Liesel B. Stevens3/17/2020 The COVID-19 virus has created challenges for all employers.  Managers and supervisors face employee questions and concerns on a daily basis.  It is important that employers train their managers how to appropriately respond so that virus-related communications to employees are consistent and lawful.  Generally, managers and supervisors should not make individual... Read more »

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3/13/2020 Forty-two RQN attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion on Utah Business Magazine’s 2020 list of “Utah Legal Elite”. Banking/FinanceKevin G. GladeMichael D. Mayfield Bankruptcy/WorkoutMichael R. JohnsonDavid H. LeighJames A. SorensonBrent D. Wride Civil LitigationJohn A. AdamsMatthew M. CannonMatthew N. EvansJames S. JardineKristine M. LarsenJohn W. MackayElaina M. Maragakis Mark W. PugsleyGregory... Read more »
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Last week, RQN trial lawyers Matt Evans and Whitney Hulet Krogue, supported by litigation paralegal Susan Seder, prevailed after a complex five-day jury trial that resulted in the jury awarding compensatory and punitive damages to their client in an amount in excess of $800,000.  RQN represented the Plaintiff, a commercial landlord, seeking damages against an... Read more »

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By Jascha K. Clark On February 28, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert signed into law a bill that contained dozens of amendments to the Utah Medical Cannabis Act (the “Act”), including a clarification specifically relevant to private employers. As noted in a prior piece, the Act only prohibits discrimination with regard to public employment. Utah Code Ann.... Read more »

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3/3/2020 Shareholders James S. Jardine and Paul C. Burke participated in a panel discussion on February 27, 2020 at the Bennion Center Service House at the University of Utah.  Mr. Jardine and Mr. Burke joined Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla and LDS Bishop Matthew Moore in a discussion of the role of religion in Utah’s... Read more »

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2/27/2020 The Utah State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section recently hosted its 2020 IP Summit.  The Chair of the Bar’s IP Section, Mike Erickson, offered the opening remarks welcoming attendees, announcing the Summit’s growing success, and thanking the Keynote Speakers. The Bar’s IP Summit has become the Utah Bar’s largest single-day event, welcoming almost 400 attendees... Read more »

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Ray Quinney & Nebeker is pleased to announce that Thomas M. Hardman, Jeffrey S. Rasmussen, and Jascha K. Clark have been elected Shareholders of the Firm. Thomas M. Hardman is a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Section.  As a registered patent attorney and electrical engineer, his practice emphasizes domestic and international patent procurement for... Read more »

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2/4/2020 The Clean Air Act (“CAA”) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to monitor and address visibility in national parks and wilderness areas. Visibility impairment in national parks and wilderness areas is called “regional haze,” and the EPA’s program to address this issue is called the “Regional Haze Program.” The Regional Haze Program requires the... Read more »

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RQN attorney, Mark Pugsley, successfully represented a client in an $11 million CFTC whistleblower case.  In Commodity Future Trading Commission v. Tallinex, Ltd, et al., the defendants were ordered to pay nearly $10.3 million in restitution to defrauded U.S. customers and a civil penalty of $760,000.  The Order also permanently prohibits Tallinex and General Trader Fulfillment (GTF), a Nevada... Read more »