At this point it is no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the commercial real estate market in general and restaurants in particular. During the summer and fall of 2020, many restaurant tenants have been unable to keep current on rent payments due to Covid-19 restrictions and closures. Unlike the . . .
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 15, 2020, in a case entitled Bostock v. Clayton County, the United States. Supreme Court ruled that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Gerald Bostock, a gay man working as a county employee, began participating in a gay . . .