No Shirt, No Shoes…No Mask? What Your Restaurant Needs to Know About Mask Policies and Vaccination Statuses

As the country’s hospitality industry continues to open up, we at MMB have been inundated with questions about mask policies and vaccination statuses. Specifically, in the face of a rising delta variant — but no state or federal mask mandates — restaurant owners want to know: can I have a mask policy, and if so, […]

Monroe Moxness Berg Welcomes New Attorney Mark Carpenter

Monroe Moxness Berg is pleased to announce that Mark Carpenter has joined the firm as an of counsel attorney in the Business Litigation practice group. Mark focuses his practice on commercial litigation, representing clients in federal and state courts in over 25 jurisdictions over the past 26 years. These matters include clients in the manufacturing, […]

Illinois Court Decision Offers Hope to Commercial Tenants Seeking Rent Relief

A bankruptcy court in Illinois has held that a governor’s shut-down order, combined with a force majeure provision in a restaurant’s lease, partially excused the restaurant’s obligation to pay rent.*  The case is significant because it provides commercial tenants a basis to seek relief from rental payments due to COVID-19. Governor’s Executive Orders as Force […]


On June 10, 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a Minneapolis ordinance that governs safe and sick time for employees working in Minneapolis: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce v. City of Minneapolis, No. A18-0771 (Minn. Jun. 10, 2020).  Under the Minneapolis ordinance, employees who work in the city for at least 80 hours a year accrue […]

COVID-19 Insurance and Liability Questions

1. Are there any new insurance policies or endorsements available that would protect business owners against claims made by patrons, guests, or employees alleging exposure to and/or infection of the virus at their properties? There are no new insurance coverage or endorsements/riders available for business owners that would protect them against such claims. While there […]

COVID-19 and Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

Many property insurance policies contain coverage for certain types of business interruption. Business interruption insurance usually operates as a safety net to compensate business owners for losses when their place of business must temporarily close due to a “covered peril,” such as damage from storms, flooding, vandalism, or theft. Generally a prerequisite to coverage under […]

Litigation in a Time of Pandemic

In recent weeks, we have received questions from clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) on cases that are currently pending in the courts or disputes that might be headed toward litigation. The following is a brief overview of the effect of COVID-19 and the response on legal proceedings in Minnesota. As an […]

Minneapolis Minimum Wage Law Upheld

On January 22, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Minneapolis’ new $15 an hour minimum wage ordinance. The decision follows a three-year legal fight. The manufacturing and supplies company, Graco Inc., sued in 2017 to try to block the $15 wage from taking effect — See Graco, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis, No. A18-0593, 2020 WL […]