Category: Attorney News

Litigation and Dispute Resolution During a Pandemic

September 18, 2020  |  Joan M. Quade

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.  – Stephen Hawking My, how things have changed in less than a year. Our court systems and law firms were humming along mediating, litigating, arbitrating, and getting those business and personal disputes settled or resolved in what we refer to as “the normal course of business.” Most, if not all of us, never thought even a year ago, that the way we did business – the business of lawyers and law firms – would have to be completely reimagined to survive and keep dispute resolution moving forward. Read on as we discuss litigation and dispute resolution during a pandemic. Not Exactly Business as Usual Legal disputes did not stop with COVID-19. In fact, it created even more issues to be resolved among businesses, individuals, and insurance companies. It even created new banking, contract, insurance, and employment issues that needed immediate attention. But the more common disputes like breach of contract, warranty cases, real estate disputes, and construction defect cases did not slow down. As such, there was an uptick in these run-of-the-mill cases after we overcame the initial shell shock of the pandemic last spring. The New Normal Surprisingly, in March and April, our business did not slow down much. While the court systems were all but closed to civil matters, we…

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BGS Helps Clients Navigate the Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Landscape

March 5, 2020  |  BGS

Is your business compliant with the new California Consumer Privacy Act? Did you know the new CCPA requires many Minnesota businesses to comply with these requirements or face fines or legal action? Read on for information on how the experts at Barna, Guzy & Steffen are helping clients navigate the cybersecurity and privacy law landscape. Understanding cybersecurity and data breach laws The area of cybersecurity and privacy law is rapidly evolving. Now more than ever, companies face new compliance obligations, greater liability risk, and legal uncertainty from data breaches or privacy misconduct resulting in massive lawsuits. The passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act has led to sweeping nationwide legislation for companies to adopt appropriate data practices and manage the risks associated with new cybersecurity landscape. Steps toward compliance The first step toward compliance is understanding where and how your data is being collected, how it’s shared, and with whom – vendors, third parties, etc. Even if your business is not subject to the CCPA, you may still benefit from assessing your data-collection practices relative to enterprise risks. Next, it’s a good idea to review and update any internal privacy and security policies. The CCPA requires companies to tell consumers what type of third parties with whom you share information. Create processes to…

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