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Berman Fink Van Horn E-News
Happy New Year!
At the start of the New Year, we'd like to take a moment to wish you a healthy, prosperous and wonderful New Year!

Welcome to BFV E-News. We've prepared the articles, information and updates below to help keep you informed. We believe knowledge is power and we are committed to helping you achieve your business goals. Enjoy! We welcome your feedback.

The COVID-19 vaccination is going to be a challenging issue for employers. Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission responded to growing questions about an employer’s legal right to require employees to obtain COVID-19 vaccines.…

If you are a landlord or a tenant, one of the most important clauses in a commercial lease is the section that addresses repair and maintenance obligations. Often a commercial lease will allocate responsibility for specific repairs. Another distinction to note is the difference between “repairs” and “maintenance.” 

If you are contemplating selling your business and you or your company received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you should be aware of the new Small Business Administration changes in ownership procedures. In addition, be sure to take a prudent approach when selling your business with a PPP loan.

There's been a trend of Delaware courts to more aggressively assert personal jurisdiction over out-of-state directors and officers, even when there are no claims for breach of fiduciary duty. Now, Georgia courts are following suit.
Directors and officers of Georgia companies who live in other states can now be sued in their personal capacities in Georgia in connection with their conduct as corporate officers and board of directors.

The pandemic has inevitably led to job loss as some employers have been forced to furlough employees or reduce staff. Although involuntarily terminated employees are not typically leaving to directly take a position with a competitor, there is still a threat that, in the future, a departing employee can use or disclose company trade secrets to a competitor. 

The BFV Family Grows Again! Congratulations to Malita Dorsett and her growing family on the birth of their beautiful baby boy and Lauren Frisch and her husband on welcoming a beautiful baby girl to their family. We love to watch the BFV family grow!
Berman Fink Van Horn Hosts a Virtual Roundtable. During this webinar, BFV attorneys used the art of storytelling and conversation to share important lessons and address practical questions from employment, real estate, noncompete/unfair competition and mergers and acquisitions topics.
Welcome Ben Perkins, BFV Associate. We are pleased to welcome Ben Perkins to BFV. Some of you may have met Ben while he was a summer litigation law clerk while attending University of Georgia School of Law. Today, Ben is working on business litigation and trade secret/non-compete matters. Welcome, Ben!
BFV in the News!

Ken Winkler is quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s cover story, “Employers must weigh many issues in considering vaccine mandates,” December 18, 2020.

Benjamin Fink authored: Is Liberal Enforcement of NonCompetes Still Good Policy?,” Georgia Bar Journal, October 2020.

Co-authored by Ashley Bowcott and Neal Weinrich: “Nearly a Decade Later: Surveying Georgia’s “New” Noncompete Law,” Georgia Bar Journal, October 2020.

Ken Winkler is featured on 90.1 FM WABE broadcast, “Counties Expect More Training, More Poll Workers Will Make For Smoother Election.” Ken highlighted BFV’s employee policy to support the voting process, October 8, 2020.
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