The Red River Bankruptcy, COVID, and Nashville’s Garbage

What a time for Nashville’s curbside recycling to get disrupted. I’m not sure I bought any Christmas gifts in-person this season. Instead, I relied on Santa’s elves, dressed in FedEx and UPS uniforms, to deliver the gifts in cardboard boxes. It’s something I’ve been doing since March 2020, when COVID first disrupted everything. And, based … Continue reading “The Red River Bankruptcy, COVID, and Nashville’s Garbage”

The state of the Nashville legal world, 8 months Into COVID

Today marks the 8 month mark of when, basically, people started taking COVID seriously. On March 10, 2020, I had travelled to Louisville and was staying at the gorgeous and totally empty Omni Hotel, to interview for the open Louisville Bankruptcy Judgeship. That was on a Tuesday, and, on Saturday, my family was scheduled to … Continue reading “The state of the Nashville legal world, 8 months Into COVID”

The Palm and the Nashville Hilton’s litigation over unpaid COVID rent has touched almost every trial court in Davidson County.

As you all know, The Palm restaurant in Nashville sued the Nashville Hilton in July. At the time, The Palm was four months in arrears in its payment of rent. But, despite being in payment default, The Palm went on the offensive and premptively filed the first lawsuit, arguing that the landlord’s (i.e. the Nashville … Continue reading “The Palm and the Nashville Hilton’s litigation over unpaid COVID rent has touched almost every trial court in Davidson County.”

The Palm sues the Nashville Hilton over losses related to COVID

Late Thursday, the Palm Restaurant sued the Nashville Hilton, arguing it should not have to pay full rent during the pandemic and especially not for time periods when the Hilton hotel itself wasn’t open. It’s an interesting argument, about issues that will be litigated throughout the country over the next few years. Generally, in Nashville … Continue reading “The Palm sues the Nashville Hilton over losses related to COVID”

Broadway Bar files first COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Lawsuit

What insurance companies do over the coming weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is going to matter a lot to restaurants all across the country. Will insurance companies pay the claims, or will insurers use this this historically unprecedented situation as a way to poke holes in their customers’ coverage? (I’m betting on the … Continue reading “Broadway Bar files first COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Lawsuit”

COVID forces old-school lawyers to embrace new technology

Tennessee Courts get yanked into the 21st Century. This week, I’ve had two telephonic court hearings.  They’ve both been a little strange. On one, I called the Clerk’s office, who then gave me the Judge’s cell phone number. When I called the Judge on her cell phone, she was pretty clearly on a walk outside. … Continue reading “COVID forces old-school lawyers to embrace new technology”

Year In Review: Is Anybody Filing Bankruptcy in Nashville?

A few days ago, a lawyer from Oklahoma City called to refer me a new case, and, at the end of the call, he asked “Is anybody filing bankruptcy in Nashville? There’s just nothing going on here. Are you hearing anything about when it’s coming back?” It’s a conversation I’ve had about 100 times over … Continue reading “Year In Review: Is Anybody Filing Bankruptcy in Nashville?”

The Future of Law Office Space? You Can Keep your 5 Year Lease, I’ll be at WeWork

I really love my office space, but I don’t talk about it much. I have space in a brand new building, right off Music Row. The office has every modern amenity you can dream of. Free wireless internet and utilities. 10 conference rooms, all set up for hi-tech video and audio. A variety of free … Continue reading “The Future of Law Office Space? You Can Keep your 5 Year Lease, I’ll be at WeWork”

Zillow’s Failure Hasn’t Slowed the Torrid Pace of All-Cash / No-Fuss Property Sales in Nashville

In the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2020, I bought a truck. And not just any truck, but a brand new 4×4 that was way bigger than the late model Nissan Leaf that I traded in. When we returned to a semblance of normal life in the spring of 2021 (i.e. when Courts … Continue reading “Zillow’s Failure Hasn’t Slowed the Torrid Pace of All-Cash / No-Fuss Property Sales in Nashville”

Foo Fighters’ Nashville Lawsuit provides important lesson on allocating risks in contracts

When COVID first hit, lawyers talked about how future contracts would evolve to anticipate the special challenges presented by a global pandemic. Now, 19 months in, a new Davidson County Chancery lawsuit filed on behalf of the Foo Fighters shows that–even with all the planning in the world–COVID is still disrupting the best laid plans. … Continue reading “Foo Fighters’ Nashville Lawsuit provides important lesson on allocating risks in contracts”