CBD and Alcohol

October 14, 2020

Regarding CBD oil in beer, the TTB has issued a statement about beer that contains these cannabis-related additives. The statement unequivocally provides that there will be no approval of formulas that include substances illegal under the Controlled Substance Act. Hemp, however, is not banned by the CSA and, therefore, hemp or its derivatives may be used in alcoholic beverages, assuming certain conditions are satisfied, i.e., formula approval (all sales) and COLA (only interstate sales). But in order for the formula […]

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Direct-to-Consumer Sales

September 25, 2020

Certainly one of the most prominent and pressing issues of the day is that of direct-to-consumer sales – that is, either sales directly from a supplier to a consumer or sales from an out-of-state supplier or retailer to an in-state consumer. It is more the latter of the two causing attorneys general across the country heartburn. Before we dive into at a few cases that highlight the issues involved, let’s go over the logistics of such a sale. As an […]

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Law Firms Manage Client Collections Amid the COVID Crisis

August 24, 2020

“It does not help us to push people into bankruptcy,” said one law firm managing shareholder. Jonathon Ringle of the Fulton County Daily Report contacted Lisa Harper for her comments on the pandemic, the hospitality industry and law firm collections. Lisa’s comments echo a belief of the founders of the Firm over 40 years ago that partnering with clients through good and bad times was the key to good client relationships and ultimately law firm success. An excerpt from the […]

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Finally – Some Relief and Clarity Regarding PPP Loan Forgiveness

June 4, 2020

By Lisa F. Harper, June 4, 2020 The original constraints of PPP Loan forgiveness simply no longer fit the situation which most businesses, especially those in the hospitality arena, are facing. For example, if a business could not hire back its employees if governmental regulations prevented it or its ability to generate business due to Coronavirus fear made it operationally impossible, under existing PPP requirements, forgiveness of the PPP loan would be reduced or even possibly eliminated. But last night, […]

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Re-Opening Your Business and Unemployment Insurance – Can Employees Still Collect Benefits?

April 27, 2020

Re-opening for Georgia businesses that have been closed during the pandemic or have provided only limited service will be a process. That is, businesses generally cannot just throw open their doors and resume pre-pandemic business as usual. In addition to the sanitizing, distancing and other health protections and concerns, employers are concerned about bringing employees back to work – especially in light of the increased unemployment insurance (“UI”) benefits to which they are entitled under the CARES Act and concern […]

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Connecticut Fine Wine and Spirits (Total Wine and More)

April 17, 2020

The issue presented was whether Section 1 of the Sherman Act preempts state laws facilitating unsupervised private price-fixing, such as Connecticut’s—which requires private beer, wine and liquor wholesalers to “post” their prices in advance so that all competing wholesalers can match them, to “hold” those prices for a month and to refrain from offering quantity discounts to retailers. It is important to note that the wholesalers in this scheme determine not only the case prices paid by retailers, but also […]

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Georgia Department of Labor Update Regarding Unemployment Claims

April 15, 2020

Georgia Department of Labor Update Regarding Unemployment Claims Released April 15, 2020 Thank you very much for your continued support of the Georgia Department of Labor. We are in uncharted waters with claims for unemployment and we appreciate your help with Employer Filed Claims. This helps us to get benefits out to your employees quicker, faster, and more efficiently. We are here to help you as we all come together to help Georgians. Employer Filed (Partial) Claims: All Georgia employers […]

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March 27, 2020

WHAT ARE THE TERMS OF THE BUSINESS LOANS UNDER THE CARES ACT Prepared by Lisa F. Harper Download This Guide: Terms of Business Loans under the Cares Act The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was passed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday night, March 25. As of this writing at 1:35 on March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was just approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and is on its way to the President. […]

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