New Year Thoughts From CEO Jim Snoxell

01.08.2021 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

New year thoughts from CEO Jim Snoxell 2021

After the always busy end of one year and the beginning of the next I am taking a little time this Friday morning to reflect on 2020 and review my hopes for what 2021 may bring. Of greatest importance to all of us at Henningson & Snoxell is our appreciation for our many clients and friends of our firm. On behalf of all 40 of us at this firm, thank you so very much for entrusting us with your legal needs! Your positive response to the challenges thrown at all of us this year has been stellar, despite all of the stress and strain of the pandemic, adjusting to working from home, technology hassles, and economic uncertainty of the past 10 months.

Looking to 2021

The turn of the calendar to a new year does not mean all our 2020 difficulties will go away, and every year brings its own opportunities and challenges.  Nonetheless, the beginning of January feels like a fresh start and gives us a point from which we can feel encouraged to approach our responsibilities with renewed spirit and positive thoughts.

As we celebrate our 40th year as a firm, I wish all of us a joyous, peaceful, healthy, and blessed 2021!

Sincerely,

Jim Snoxell New Year Thoughts

Jim Snoxell

CEO/President of Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

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The Boy Scouts of America, Bankruptcy, & its Impact on Host Sites

10.29.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

The deadline for filing in the BSA bankruptcy case: November 16, 2020

The Boy Scouts of America “(BSA”) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on February 18, 2020 in the Federal Bankruptcy Court in the State of Delaware. This filing apparently occurred because of sexual abuse claims made against BSA.

This bankruptcy and these sexual abuse claims could also affect churches and other organizations that have:

  • held a Charter for a Boy Scout Troop
  • allowed a troop to meet in their building
  • in other ways helped a troop (i.e., through volunteers)

Boy Scout Troop “charter” holders or places that host Boy Scout Troops may find themselves included in cases seeking damages for sexual abuse or other claims. These charter holders and hosts could lose whatever rights they might have against BSA related to such claims if they do not file a proof of claim with the Bankruptcy Court. The deadline for filing a Proof of Claim filing in the BSA bankruptcy case is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 16, 2000.

What Could Happen if My Organization Doesn’t File a Claim in Time?

Without filing a General Proof of Claim by the above deadline, a charter holder or host would presumably lose whatever rights it might have to seek contribution or indemnification from BSA in any sexual abuse claims that might be asserted against it. A charter holder or host would also lose its ability to vote on BSA’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan.

Simply put, if a Boy Scout Troop Charter holder or host does not file a proof of claim by the deadline, the organization may have no recourse against the Boy Scouts of America if any Scout sexual abuse claims are brought against it.

A General Proof of Claim and instructions for its use and filing form may be found here.

Organizations that hold a Boy Scout Troop Charter or host a Boy Scout Troop should consult their attorney for guidance about this matter and for advice about filing a General Proof of Claim.

Please contact us if you need advice about filing a Proof of Claim or have any questions regarding the potential impact of BSA’s bankruptcy on your Church.

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Emerging Legal Issues for Your Pregnancy Center & COVID-19

05.26.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Pregnancy Centers and COVID-19

As pregnancy centers continue to provide essential services throughout Minnesota, it is crucial to develop and engage in appropriate protective measures specific to COVID-19. This will not only protect your clients, volunteers, and employees, but may also reduce your legal risks.

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Family and Medical Leave Expansion under the FFCR Act

03.27.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

The new Families First Coronavirus Response (FFCR) Act was signed into law last week, and business owners are wondering how it affects them. How does the new emergency expanion of Family and Medical Leave under this law affect you? We’ve put together an infographic to help you navigate the information.

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion under the FFCR Act
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