News and Insights

Chatting with your lawyer about personal matters over your work email? Think again!

The attorney-client privilege is the oldest and possibly most important common law privilege in the American legal system.  The attorney-client privilege protects communications between a client and his or her lawyer, provided the discourse is only between privileged persons and is spoken or written...

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Military Transgender Ban Will Not Likely Impact the Workplace

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter last week that transgender individuals are no longer permitted to enlist or serve in the military. Although this ban is only applicable to the military, employees and employers are concerned of its impact on the workplace. According to the U.S. Bureau ...

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Child Support and Deliberate Reduction of Income: What Can You Do?

Child support payments are based on several different factors, but are primarily based upon each parent's income. When a parent stops working completely or undergoes drastic employment changes that alter their income, they may petition to modify their child support payments to reflect their new inco...

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Construction/Traffic Update

From Monday, July 10, through about Thursday, July 13, the half of Locust Street closest to Fifth Street will be closed to all traffic due to construction activity, potentially blocking the main entrance to the KDDK guest parking lot.  In addition, Fifth Street between Main Street and Locust Street ...

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More Coherent Federal Waters Definition Proposed by EPA

This past Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers proposed a repeal of the controversial 2015 federal waters rule covered by the Clean Water Act. As we have previously reported in blogs and seminars, this very controversial prior rule ...

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Client Satisfaction Survey Shines Light on Areas of Strength, Ways to Improve

"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in." ~Isaac Asimov PDF Version>>> In an effort to “scrub off our windows,” Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP, recently asked KDDK clients to complete a satisfaction survey. ...

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Court Finds General Contractor Owed Duty of Care to Sub-subcontractor Employee

General contractors need to be cautious in the language of project agreements as to not assume a duty of care to employees of subcontractors and sub-subcontractors. In April this year the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in Ryan v. TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractors Inc. that, even if a duty of care...

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Court Awards $23 Million for Failure to Release Expired Oil and Gas Lease

Last Friday (June 2, 1017), Louisiana’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s award of more than $23 million, plus attorney fees, to Gloria’s Ranch, LLC, for damages incurred by the defendants' refusal to release their oil and gas lease after it expired according to its terms in...

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BREAKING: Secretary of Labor Acosta Withdraws Obama-Era Administrative Interpretations Regarding Independent Contractors and Joint Employment

Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced today the withdrawal of the Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) administrative interpretations (AI) on independent contractors and joint employment, which were issued in 2015 and 2016, respectively. These Obama-era ...

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