The Best Defense is a Good Offense – Protect Yourself from COVID-Related Lawsuits

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (“IHME”) predicts that COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations will peak in Texas on April 29, 2020.  Cities[1] and counties such as Harris County, Bexar County, Travis County, and Dallas County are monitoring construction sites and increasing job site safety mandates and plaintiff lawyers are advertising for injury or illness…

Cokinos | Young STRUCTURE Team Advises Central Texas Refuse through Sale to Integrated Waste Solutions Group

Cokinos | Young STRUCTURE, our transactional team, advised Central Texas Refuse and its affiliates in the sale of their business to Integrated Waste Solutions Group.  Central Texas Refuse, a family-owned business since 1981, was headquartered in Austin, Texas, and provided full-service waste and recycling services throughout central Texas. The Cokinos team was led by Tiffany…

City of Dallas Building Inspection Announcement

The City of Dallas recently enacted its Rules for the Construction Industry as to COVID-19 in Dallas Ordinance No. 200438. Yesterday, the City further announced the strict enforcement of the ordinance and accompanying policies during all building inspections. It will be the responsibility of the contractor to ensure that personnel on the project site are strictly adhering…

All Construction Work Now Permitted in Austin

The City of Austin has confirmed that all construction work is now permitted in Austin.  The City issued Supplemental Guidance late yesterday based on Governor Abbott's March 31 Executive Order, confirming that it will no longer prohibit residential or commercial construction.  The City stressed in a memo to the public that safety precautions must still…

Critical Infrastructure Construction in Austin Allowed Under Governor Abbott’s Latest Order

On March 31, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA 14 to provide statewide continuity regarding essential services that are exempt from the stay-at-home orders issued by municipalities in response to the COVID-19 disaster.  For the Austin construction industry, the Order contains welcome guidance regarding what construction work is exempt from the City of Austin's…

UPDATE: Procedure for obtaining “commercial activity” exemption for travel from Louisiana to Texas revised by Texas Executive Order GA-14

We recently reported regarding Texas Executive Order GA-12, which imposes a mandatory self-quarantine for persons entering the State of Texas through roadways from Louisiana, as well as the exemption for travel in connection with commercial activity. To read that article, click here: https://www.cokinoslaw.com/texas-executive-order-requiring-self-quarantine-for-travelers-from-louisiana-and-the-commercial-activity-exception/. The State of Texas is taking measures to standardize and simplify the…

Texas Executive Order Requiring Self-Quarantine for Travelers from Louisiana and the “Commercial Activity” Exception

On March 29, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gregg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-12 imposing a mandatory self-quarantine for persons entering the State of Texas through roadways from Louisiana. Importantly, the executive order’s self-quarantine requirement does not apply to people traveling in “connection with commercial activity,” among other defined travel purposes. The…

Dallas County Rules for the Construction Industry

Construction is an Essential Business and Critical Infrastructure in Dallas County. The county has released a document to guide the Construction industry on the meaning and application of the Order issued by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on March 29, 2020. The document also includes clarity on safety precautions to be taken at the job…

Texas “Stay-At-Home” Emergency Ordinances

As many of you are aware, numerous Texas cities and larger counties enacted “stay-at-home” emergency ordinances. ALL of these orders have some sort of exemptions, However, the specifics of those exemption varies from county to county. We are on top of this and we are here to help. Each of our attorneys are prepared to…

CARES Act Stimulus Plan Update

The CARES Act passed the House earlier today and President Trump just signed it into law. Cokinos | Young is following these developments closely and has broken the CARES Act down into what you need to know. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions you may have. Small Business…