What Is A Force Majeure Clause?

What is a Force Majeure Clause?

No Worries, We Got You Covered! By Nan Shen Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 The coronavirus pandemic significantly affects every individual, family, and business. Needless to say, this disaster has also influenced many existing contracts either by delays or cancellations, including significant agreements requiring traveling and performing. The pandemic has also stifled numerous transactions, and…

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To Rep. Clay Re: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Bill

To Rep. Clay re: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Bill

Dear Rep. Clay: Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Judy Chu are recruiting Democrats in the House to be cosponsors of the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act. I’m writing to encourage you to sign on. The proposed legislation would ensure that thousands of St. Louis creatives, who normally cobble their incomes together through a mix of traditional W-2 jobs and…

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3 Takeaways: Why Medicaid Expansion Makes Sense

3 Takeaways: Why Medicaid Expansion Makes Sense

1. Missouri’s Medicaid program provides health insurance for low-income children and their parents, pregnant women, seniors, and the disabled. A family of four must earn $5,550 or less per year to qualify. Single adults aren’t eligible. Many artists are among those who make too much to qualify but not enough to get affordable health insurance. Expansion would close the gap…

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The Rolling Stones (Got Some) Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones (Got Some) Satisfaction

By Alec Williams Juris Doctor Candidate 2022 Georgetown University Law Center The Rolling Stones are undoubtedly one of the most prolific bands of all time. From Paint It Black to Sympathy for the Devil, the Rolling Stones fostered a musical style that embodied fundamental elements of the 1960s soundscape. However, the Rolling Stones garnered nearly as much infamy off-stage as…

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How Can Small Fashion Entrepreneurs Seek IP Protection?

How can small fashion entrepreneurs seek IP protection?

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel By Nan Shen Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 The fashion industry is a serious business. Cumulative data compiled within the Fashion and Apparel Industry Report paints a portrait with worldwide revenue expected to rise from $481.2 billion in 2018 to $712.9 billion…

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CASE Act: Something Is Better Than Nothing At All

CASE Act: Something Is Better Than Nothing At All

A proposal for a cheaper and easier alternative to resolve disputes for small copyright claims By Lucy Soyinka Washington University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 Arguably everybody agrees that the U.S. legal system can be very expensive. Artists who want to enforce their copyright rights against infringers may not have the resources to do so, or the cost-benefit…

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Medicaid Expansion Is An Arts Advocacy Issue

Medicaid Expansion Is an Arts Advocacy Issue

On August 4, Missouri voters will decide whether an estimated 230,000 low-income adults should be newly eligible for Medicaid[1] coverage. The vote "YES" campaign makes a strong economic argument for Medicaid expansion. Proponents of the ballot measure, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, are citing a new report released by Missouri Foundation for Health that addresses job growth and state…

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3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies For Creatives

3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies for Creatives

1. Take advantage of available assistance, including unemployment benefits, HealthCare.gov special enrollment (which may be less expensive than COBRA), mortgage relief, emergency grants and loans 2. Spend some time analyzing your finances, so you can budget effectively and identify your priorities. Track expenses (using pen and paper, a spreadsheet or an app such as Mint or YNAB). For business expenses,…

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Unemployment Assistance During The Pandemic: What Missouri Artists And Creative Workers Need To Know

Unemployment Assistance During the Pandemic: What Missouri Artists and Creative Workers Need to Know

Self-employed artists, freelancers, independent contractors and gig workers whose businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus are applying for — and are now receiving — unemployment benefits. Under the CARES Act, those who qualify may be eligible for weekly benefits ranging from $133 to $320 per week, plus a $600 weekly federal supplement. Attorney Tim Mooney (above) provided a step-by-step…

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