During these challenging times, Severson & Werson remains open and in full operation, consistent with the firm’s previously established contingency planning. While many of our attorneys and staff will be working remotely, as a firm, we continue in full operation. We are here to help, as always.

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Labor & Employment The COVID-19 pandemic forced countless businesses into a near daily cycle of adjustments and adaptations, all with the overarching goal of protecting their employees while enduring the emergency measures taken to contain the virus. Now, states and local governments have begun to ease their blanket shelter in place restrictions. Is there anything businesses should do now while… Read More

Labor & Employment What are the implications around screening and testing in the workplace that employers must be cognizant of as they strive to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Although pandemic preparedness in the workplace and its intersection with the ADA is not necessarily a novel concept (in fact, the EEOC recently updated existing guidance on… Read More

Financial Services Law On March 27, 2020 the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The statute is the largest economic stimulus in the nation’s history—totaling more than $2 trillion—and was designed to provide significant financial and regulatory relief in response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Like many of the other sweeping… Read More

Construction Law As we experience and emerge from “the great shutdown” of 2020, things have and will change in all aspects of life – including the design and construction process. Nowhere in the design and construction interface and transformation has the impact been greater than with respect to on-site design engagement during construction. Designers, contractors, and owners have all had… Read More

Construction Law In this (or any other) time of social and/or business disruption, delays, or shutdowns, focus frequently goes to the scheduling clauses contained in design and construction professional service agreements. One common phrase frequently used in such agreements is “time is of the essence.” In ordinary times, the phrase garners little attention. In times of disruption, delay, and shutdown,… Read More

On April 20, 2020, Legendary Transport, LLC brought a class action against several national lenders.  The complaint was filed in the United States District Court Central District of California (case number 2:20-cv-03636-ODW-JC). Plaintiff is a small business that applied for a PPP loan with one of the Defendant-lenders.  Plaintiff claims that all of the Defendants prioritized loan applications of “favored… Read More

On April 27, 2020, Informatech Consulting Inc., filed a class action lawsuit against a national lender in the United States District Court, Northern District of California (case number 4:20-cv-02892-DMR).  Plaintiff is represented by Greg Coleman Law PC, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., and Whitfield Bryson LLP. Plaintiff provides consulting services to FDA regulated industries.  Plaintiff alleges that the defendant-lender was required… Read More

On May 5, 2020, Studio 1220, Inc., filed a class action lawsuit against a national lender and an affiliate in the United States District Court, Northern District of California (case number 3:2020cv03081).  Plaintiff is represented by Keegan & Baker, LLP. Plaintiff is a small business that operates a chain of clothing stores. Plaintiff claims the defendant-lender and affiliate failed to… Read More

On April 27, 2020, Plaintiff American Video Duplicating, Inc., Tush Law Ltd., and Kenneth M. Hahn (dba Cal State Financial) filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court, Central District of California (case number 2:20-cv-03815-ODW-AGR) against a number of defendant-lenders.  Plaintiffs are represented by Geragos & Geragos APC, Graylaw Group, Inc., and Dhillon Law Group Inc. Plaintiffs… Read More

On April 19, 2020, Plaintiffs Law Office of Sabrina Damast, Eye Land Optometry, BNG Restaurant Group Inc., and Umezu Enterprises LLC filed their putative class action in the United States District Court, Central District of California (case number 2:20-cv-03591) against a national lender. Plaintiffs are represented by the Stalwart Law Group. Plaintiffs are small businesses located in Southern California who… Read More

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