LOREN & KEAN LAW CLIENT PREVAILS IN CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION

Loren & Kean Law and its client recently prevailed in a four-day construction arbitration. The case involved competing claims where the contractor asserted outstanding monies owed and delay claims, and the owner asserted construction defect claims. Working with its client and its experts, Kyle Ohlenschlaeger and Bruce Loren were able to present a clear case […]

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FBI investigating Long Beach woman’s death following cosmetic surgery in Tijuana (Mexico)

San Diego, California, August 17 (San Diego Union-Tribune) .- An FBI agent interviewed family members of a woman who allegedly died in January after undergoing cosmetic surgery in Tijuana at the Art Siluette Aesthetic clinic. Surgery. The 38-year-old Keuana Weaver, a mother of two, died Jan. 29 on the operating table of a cosmetic surgery […]

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S Corporations and PPP Loan Forgiveness

Attaining S corporation status has certain tax advantages. S corporations are treated as passthrough entities for tax purposes and the protection of shareholder assets. However, the relief acts passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic revealed some potential problems with how income passed to individual shareholders is taxed. Two of the most relevant issues are […]

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Florida’s Chapter 558 Procedures For Construction Defect Disputes

In construction defect disputes, owners must comply with certain procedures before filing a lawsuit against a contractor.  These procedures are contained within Florida Statutes Chapter 558.  This newsletter describes the mechanics of Chapter 558 and how a contractor should navigate through it. Chapter 558 applies to “construction defects” resulting from work performed by a contractor, […]

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place – European Businesses Must Seemingly Choose Between U.S. Sanctions or Penalties Under the European Union’s Blocking Statute

On May 12, 2021, an Advocate General (“AG”) of the European Union (“EU”), Jan Mazak, released an opinion (the “Opinion”) stating that Telekom Deutschland GmbH (“Telekom Deutschland”), an EU company, could not sever its relationship with Bank Melli Iran, an Iran-based financial institution, if the severance was undertaken solely to comply with United States (“U.S.”) […]

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Webinar | U.S. Increased Focus on Criminal Activity in Central America: What Financial Institutions Should Know

What Financial Institutions Should Know. There have been an increasing number of U.S. initiatives to fight corruption, money laundering, and human trafficking in Central America, including the United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act, Homeland Security’s Operation Sentinel, and the creation of special task forces to increase investigations, prosecutions, and asset recoveries relating to criminal activity in Mexico […]

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[Crime Stories] DEAD ON VACATION: Father demands answers about daughter’s mysterious death at Cancun resort

Abbey Conner, 20, and her brother Austin, 22, were both found floating in the pool-side bar at an Iberostar hotel in Playa del Carmen. Abbey Conner died days later, but her brother recovered. Local police did not question the bartender or other witnesses before declaring it an accident, according to the father. Reports say the […]

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Peruvian Medical Co. Says German Co. Can’t Ditch Virus Suit

By Lauren Berg Law360 (June 14, 2021, 8:51 PM EDT) — A Peruvian medical equipment wholesaler who claims it was duped into buying counterfeit 3M-branded masks during the pandemic has told a Florida federal judge that the alleged North American arm of a German product-testing company can’t seek dismissal because it isn’t a party to the […]

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OFAC ALERT – OFAC Sanctions Guatemalan Officials

On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) sanctioned the Chief of Staff for former president Alvaro Colom and an elected delegate to the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, pursuant to the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (“GLOMAG”) and Executive Order (“E.O.”) 13818 of December 20, […]

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