A Scuffle at Arctic Man Shapes the Law of the Land

Written by David Karl Gross As most Alaskans have come to know, Arctic Man is an extreme race involving a skier and a snowmobile.  It is a uniquely Alaskan race that combines extreme conditions with the beautiful Alaska landscape. At the beginning of the race, the skier starts at the top of a mountain which [...]

July 3rd, 2019|

The Rules Governing an Insurance Company’s Conduct

Written by David Karl Gross No matter how safe or cautious you may be, the odds are high that you will eventually need to file an insurance claim.  The claim could be the result of a variety of situations; it could be a traffic accident due to a red light runner, perhaps a slip and [...]

June 13th, 2019|

A Deceased Judge Cannot Vote from the Grave

Written by:  David Karl Gross The United States Supreme Court recently decided the issue of whether a deceased judge has the right to issue an official decision.  In Yovino v. Rizo, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals grappled with an issue related to the Equal Pay Act of 1963.  This issue was first decided by [...]

June 6th, 2019|

Legislative Update – Bills to Watch for Small Business Federal Government Contractors

Written by:  Jonathan Cannon, Carissa Siebeneck Anderson, and Jon M. DeVore This year, the 116th Congress has begun to take action on a number of issues relating to small businesses and government contracting. This post highlights some key areas that we are following at Birch Horton. These are: Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Business Act [...]

May 22nd, 2019|

Ally Law Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Written by  David Karl Gross Ally Law is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019. Ally Law is a global network of law firms that allows its member law firms to fully serve their clients in today’s expanding global economy.  Many of these firms have worked together for years and have established close knit [...]

May 17th, 2019|

Native Hawaiian Organizations Association Sponsors the 2019 Business Summit Conference

Written by:  Jon M. DeVore The Native Hawaiian Organizations Association (NHOA) is sponsoring the 2019 Business Summit Conference on May 21-23, 2019, at the Prince Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NHOA conference will focus on legislative, legal and business issues relevant to small businesses, including SBA 8(a) participants and small businesses owned by veterans, disabled veterans, [...]

May 1st, 2019|

Update: The Intersection Between Free Speech and Defamation

Written by David Karl Gross Several months ago, I wrote an article providing guidance to bloggers about the dangers of being sued for defamation.  I explained that defamation is an important legal remedy because it provides people with significant recourse when the words of another have caused harm to their careers, reputations or finances.  I [...]

February 28th, 2019|

What To Do If You Are Involved In A Car Accident

Written by David Karl Gross The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration reports that over 6 million car accidents took place in the United Stated last year, with over 2.5 million involving injuries.  In a recent study, Alaska was listed as one of the most dangerous states for car accidents.  With this, the question is not whether [...]

February 21st, 2019|

UPDATE: SBA puts on the brakes — SBA will NOT recognize new size calculation requirements (5 year average instead of 3) until new SBA Regs issued

By Carissa Siebeneck Anderson & Jon DeVore We recently posted an article (see below) regarding recent legislation impacting how small business size will be calculated.  Congress passed the Small Business Runway Extension Act that changed those calculation requirements—previously, size based on gross receipts (revenue) was calculated based on at least a 3-year average, and the [...]

January 14th, 2019|

Federal Court rules on the Constitutionality of Passenger Fees and Hints as to Acceptable Local Uses

Written by Matthew Widmer and William Earnhart  On December 6, 2018, the United States District Court for the State of Alaska issued an order that could have a profound impact on the way municipal governments can spend certain fees. The case concerned two types of passenger fees imposed by the City of Juneau on cruise [...]

December 11th, 2018|