United States Supreme Court Issues Decision on Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses

The United States Supreme Court recently issued a decision significant to the enforcement of arbitration clauses in contracts. In a unanimous decision, the Court held in Morgan v. Sundance, Inc. that federal law does not contain a “prejudice requirement” in determining whether a party has waived its right to arbitration. The prejudice requirement... Read More

Iowa Legislative Session Concludes with a Late Tax Bill

This year’s Iowa legislative session finally concluded late last Tuesday night after going about five weeks longer than scheduled. In addition to the major tax changes passed early in the session, an explanation of which can be found here, one other tax-related bill passed through the House and Senate at the end. The bill resulted in being Senate... Read More

Is an NFT Intellectual Property?

The terms “NFT”, “bitcoin”, “blockchain”, and “cryptocurrency” have exploded in the last few years. From brands using NFTs as promotional opportunities to creators using NFTs to monetize their content, these terms are rampant. Although they can be confusing, each term has a specific meaning which indicates how it works and how it can affect... Read More

BrownWinick Hosts Bags Tournament for EMBARC

BrownWinick’s Community Engagement Committee recently hosted a Cinco De Mayo-themed cornhole tournament and reception with all proceeds supporting Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC). BrownWinick attorneys and staff enjoyed the friendly competition and festivities all while supporting a worthy cause.  In total, more... Read More

Government Relations Update - 05-25-2022

The 2022 Iowa legislature adjourned sine die early this morning capping an extended 136-day session. The final gavel fell at 12:10 AM in the Senate and at 12:16 AM in the House.  The final two days of session included the passage of a handful of remaining policy bills and the entire state budget.  All the budget bills fund various departments of... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 19 Summary

After weeks of limited activity, the Senate Appropriations Committee convened Wednesday signaling the end of the 2022 legislative session is near. The Committee passed ten bills, nine of which were budgets. Most of the budget bills passed with agreed-to amendments between the Senate and House.  Negotiations continue on the largest budget, Health... Read More

New ASTM Standard for Commercial Real Estate Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

On November 1, 2021, the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International released its revised standards for conducting an environmental site assessment of a parcel of commercial real estate. The new standard updates the previous standard released in 2013. Now referred to as ASTM E1527-21, the ASTM standard is widely used to satisfy... Read More