Dentons Davis Brown

215 10th Street
Ste. 1300
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3993, United States
Phone: 515.288.2500
Fax: 515.243.0654
Areas Of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Iowa
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues interim final rule requiring debt collectors to provide affirmative notice of the CDC Eviction Order to tenants in pursuing nonpayment evictions 

On April 19, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an Interim Final Rule and press release in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Order, which temporarily halts certain residential…more

CDC, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Coronavirus/COVID-19, Debt Collection, Debt Collectors

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Commercial Leases in Light of COVID-19

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created headwinds for the commercial real estate market, straining both landlords and tenants, commercial leasing activity persists. New buildings continue to open, landlords who lost occupancy…more

Business Interruption, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Tenants, Common Areas

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Iowa Workers' Compensation Reform Update

Governor Branstad signed the workers’ compensation reform bill into law Thursday, March 30. The bill affects injuries on or after July 1, 2017…more

Governor Branstad, New Regulations, Workers Compensation Reform, Workplace Injury

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Private Foundations May Grant Disaster Relief to Individuals

Unlike public charities, private foundations are generally required to seek prior IRS approval before making grants to individuals, such as scholarships and other awards for specific objectives. If unauthorized distributions to…more

Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS, Private Foundations, Qualified Disaster Relief Payments

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Preliminary Results from Election Night 2020

This was written at 9:30am CST on November 4 before the result of the Presidential race is known and with several US House and Senate races still undecided. Iowa has results at the federal and state level but it remains to be…more

Election Results, General Elections, Presidential Elections, State Elections

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New Law: Paid COVID-19 Leave is Now Voluntary

The $2.3 trillion COVID-19 stimulus is now law. There are a variety of provisions including a modification to the mandated employer leave for exposure and quarantine…more

CARES Act, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Emergency Sick Leave Laws, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Paid Leave

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New Hope for Foreign Founders – The International Entrepreneur Parole Program

As part of the Biden Administration’s effort to promote access to the legal immigration system, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) withdrew a 2018 proposed rule to eliminate the international entrepreneur (IE) parole…more

Biden Administration, Corporate Counsel, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Labor (DOL), Entrepreneurs

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Employers Find Relief in USCIS H-1B Lottery Announcement

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that the 2021 H-1B lottery will be based on a random ranking and not the recently published wage-based ranking. The USCIS confirmed they are pushing back the…more

Foreign Workers, H-1B, Highly-Skilled Workers Visa, Immigration Procedures, USCIS

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Iowa 2021 Legislative Report – End of Session Summary

Two and a half weeks beyond the 110th calendar day of the session, the 2021 session of the 89th General Assembly of Iowa adjourned sine die just before midnight on Wednesday, May 19.  Originally slated to end April 30,…more

Abortion, Affordable Housing, Broadband, Child Tax Credit, Concealed Weapons

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Iowa Workers' Compensation Reform Update

Governor Branstad signed the workers’ compensation reform bill into law Thursday, March 30. The bill affects injuries on or after July 1, 2017…more

Governor Branstad, New Regulations, Workers Compensation Reform, Workplace Injury

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Dos and Don'ts for Foreign Nationals Participating in the U.S. Political Process

With the upcoming presidential election, ongoing state and local elections, and recent events sparking civil unrest, the rate of social and political activism is high. While everyone in the United States is free to participate…more

Foreign Nationals, General Elections, Local Elections, Presidential Elections, Primary Elections

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Employee Staycation - PTO Policies in the Age of COVID-19

Throughout 2020, employers have faced uncertainty and challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While employers should prepare to adapt to any changes the pandemic presents, there are additional challenges that will arise…more

Coronavirus/COVID-19, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), FMLA, Paid Time Off (PTO), State Labor Laws

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Commercial Leases & COVID-19

Iowa Orders - In March, Governor Reynolds issued proclamations intended to provide relief for residential evictions and leases: ..March 20, 2020 - suspended residential evictions and lease terminations because of…more

Commercial Leases, Contract Terms, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Eviction, Executive Orders

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COBRA Premium Subsidies Under the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act requires employers to subsidize 100% of the cost of COBRA and comparable state continuation coverage for “assistance eligible individuals” from April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021. The subsidy…more

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, COBRA, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Labor (DOL)

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Iowa 2021 Legislative Report – End of Session Summary

Two and a half weeks beyond the 110th calendar day of the session, the 2021 session of the 89th General Assembly of Iowa adjourned sine die just before midnight on Wednesday, May 19.  Originally slated to end April 30,…more

Abortion, Affordable Housing, Broadband, Child Tax Credit, Concealed Weapons

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HR Quick Take: Volunteer Mileage

Q: Our nonprofit organization accepts donations and volunteers drive these donated items between our multiple locations. Is this an issue and can I pay them mileage for the time?…more

Mileage Reimbursement, Nonprofits, Volunteers

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Commercial Leases in Light of COVID-19

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created headwinds for the commercial real estate market, straining both landlords and tenants, commercial leasing activity persists. New buildings continue to open, landlords who lost occupancy…more

Business Interruption, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Tenants, Common Areas

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Court Filing and Services Fee Changes Take Effect July 15, 2020

On June 13, the Iowa Legislature passed and on June 25 Governor Reynolds signed SF457 implementing several changes to Iowa State Court filing and services fees that will take effect on July 15. The complete list of changes is in…more

Fees, Filing Fees, Governor Reynolds, State Courts

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Iowa Landowners Disappointed by Iowa Supreme Court Eminent Domain Decision

On May 31, the Iowa Supreme Court decided Texas-based company, Dakota Access, lawfully used the state’s power of eminent domain to seize land from Iowa citizens for the Bakken oil pipeline. The decision follows the September…more

Bakken Shale, Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Farms, IA Supreme Court

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Waiting for the COVID-19 Vaccine? Don't Waste Your Time, Create a Plan Now

Now that there is a realistic possibility that the U.S. will approve a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, employers face the question of whether to require employees to be vaccinated. Many employers face a similar question…more

Coronavirus/COVID-19, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Infectious Diseases, Reasonable Accommodation

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Zoombombing, Location Tracking, and Contact Tracing, Oh My! Data Privacy & Cybersecurity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have implemented work from home policies to allow their business to remain in operation. As part of this effort, videoconferencing has become a common form of communication for…more

Contact Tracing, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

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Election Results: Tax Reform on the Horizon?

Last week’s election results have raised a number of questions about tax reform or repeal and the impact of such legislation upon your estate plan. It’s too early to tell how this will shake out. Nonetheless, below are the…more

Estate Planning, Political Parties, Tax Reform, Transfer Taxes, Trump Administration

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Details Revealed by SBA

The Small Business Administration recently released the application for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan forgiveness which describes how some of the tests and definitions would be applied under the CARES…more

Applications, CARES Act, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Loan Forgiveness, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

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Employer Tax Implications Of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 20, 2020, the IRS made an announcement (2020-57) providing some guidance on the implementation of the Paid Sick Leave Credit and Child Care Leave Credit included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It also…more

Coronavirus/COVID-19, Employer Liability Issues, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Healthcare Workers, IRS

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Reimbursing Employee Remote Work Costs

Working from home continues to bring up new questions employers may not have had to consider before, or at least not on such a wide scale. Both employees and employers are wondering what remote work or telework expenses are…more

Coronavirus/COVID-19, Reimbursements, Remote Working, Telecommuting, Wage and Hour

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PPP Money: Demonstrating You Meet the SBA Requirements

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), authorizing certain businesses to apply for loans, a portion of which was eligible for forgiveness through the…more

CARES Act, Certification Requirements, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Federal Loans, Good Faith

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Employment Law Blog: What does the DOMA ruling mean for employers?

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled, in United States v. Windsor, that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex couples who are legally married in their…more

Discrimination, DOMA, Employee Benefits, Equal Protection, FMLA

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Pay Your Taxes On Time - New Tax Laws Change Penalties

The Iowa Legislature’s passage of HF2641 makes several changes to Iowa tax law. Among these changes are updates to the Department of Revenue’s penalties…more

Corporate Taxes, Department of Revenue, Income Taxes, New Legislation, State and Local Government

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Iowa Ends Participation in Federal Unemployment Benefit Programs

Governor Reynolds announced effective June 12 the state of Iowa will stop participation in several federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs. Iowa will continue to pay regular unemployment, without the additional…more

Coronavirus/COVID-19, Department of Labor (DOL), Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies

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Iowa Real Estate Transactions and COVID-19

Below is the latest information regarding the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on real estate transactions in Iowa. Foreclosures: All residential, commercial, and agricultural foreclosure and forfeiture proceedings…more

Business Closures, Commercial Leases, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Eviction, Foreclosure

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Can I Keep PPP Money? Should I? SBA Clarifies

On May 13, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued additional guidance concerning its implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), specifically, the required certification that loan recipients have a true need…more

CARES Act, Certification Requirements, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Federal Loans, Good Faith

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Litigation Quick Take: Hiring a Lawyer

Q:  I am an employee of Employer X, and I have been sued in civil district court.  Employer X is also a named defendant in the same lawsuit.  Do I need to hire my own attorney?…more

Attorney Solicitation, Employees, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Litigation, Hiring & Firing

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Conflict over Emotional Support Animals - What are landlords to do?

On June 30, 2020, the Iowa Supreme Court rendered a decision in Karen Cohen v. David Clark and 2800-1 LLC, an emotional support animal (ESA) case, involving one tenant in need of an ESA and another tenant with severe pet…more

Appeals, Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment, Dismissals, Emotional Support Animals, IA Supreme Court

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Do I Have a Valid Business Interruption Insurance Claim for COVID-19 Related Losses?

Almost every business and industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory closures, shelter in place orders, travel embargoes, and disruption in manufacturing supply chains are just a few examples…more

Business Closures, Business Interruption, Commercial Insurance Policies, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Loss Coverage

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Long Term Care Facilities and Music Licensing

The ability to play music for residents of a long-term care facility can be important to their enjoyment of life and overall happiness. However, the facilities must be aware of the copyright laws and the rights of others when…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, IP License, Long Term Care Facilities, Music

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Coronavirus Commercial Concerns - Supply Chains and Sources, Insurance, and More

Over the last few years, some commercial businesses have struggled with Chinese supply chains and vendors under the threat of U.S. tariffs. Now, businesses need to think about and strategize their supply chains and vendor…more

China, Commercial Insurance Policies, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Force Majeure Clause, Risk Assessment

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Iowa Law Changes Affecting 529 Plan Accounts

The Iowa legislature recently enacted several new laws affecting the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan and the IAdvisor 529 Plan (the 529 Plans) in passing HF2641. These changes broaden what constitutes “qualified higher education…more

529 Plans, Colleges, New Legislation, Universities

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Homeowner's Association Bill Dies During First Funnel Week

As you may know, earlier this year a bill was introduced at the Iowa legislature that included proposed changes to the law applicable to homeowner’s associations. The bill, House File 158, was entitled the “Iowa Common Interest…more

Common Interest Ownership Act, Homeowners Association (HOA), Proposed Legislation

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Intellectual property in Medicine: Patent Law Basics

For physicians considering patents, there are some initial issues to address and then a comprehensive patent strategy to develop before going down the path toward filing an application. Once your patent strategy is in place,…more

Foreign Patent Applications, Intellectual Property Protection, Inventors, Patent Applications, Patents

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Commercial Leases & COVID-19

Iowa Orders - In March, Governor Reynolds issued proclamations intended to provide relief for residential evictions and leases: ..March 20, 2020 - suspended residential evictions and lease terminations because of…more

Commercial Leases, Contract Terms, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Eviction, Executive Orders

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EEOC Issues COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance

Updated on April 24 On April 17, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional guidance on return to work practices when the COVID-19 restrictions ease. As government restrictions and stay at home…more

Best Practices, Coronavirus/COVID-19, EEOC, New Guidance, Personal Protective Equipment

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Federal Jury Awards Iowa Businessman $4 Million

On Thursday, April 12, Davis Brown attorneys, Stanley J. Thompson and Jason R. Lawrence scored a major victory on behalf of their client, retired Akron businessman, John Lucken. The jury found Heritage Bank of Spicer,…more

Banks, Fraud, Misrepresentation, Punitive Damages, Statutory Violations

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PPP Loan Applications Reopen January 11

The Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury announced plans to reopen Paycheck Protection Program loan applications starting with community financial institutions on Monday, January 11. The bill…more

CARES Act, Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), Coronavirus/COVID-19, Financial Stimulus, Loan Applications

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Venezuelans authorized to receive protected status

Deferred Enforced Departure and Temporary Protected Status have been designated for Venezuelan nationals, or individuals with no nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela, and who are currently residing in the United…more

Biden Administration, Foreign Workers, Green Cards, Immigrants, Immigration Procedures

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Digital Assets Bill Signed by Governor Branstad

Governor Branstad signed Senate File 333, the Iowa Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, on April 20. This bill is an important tool in estate planning and trust and estate administration…more

Digital Assets, Estate Planning, Governor Branstad, Personal Data, Personal Representatives

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¿Qué Posibilidades de Inmigración Hay con la Nueva Administración?

Enero 2021 trae una nueva administración con promesas de cambios en el sistema de inmigración. Mucha gente quiere saber, que pasara con el presidente Biden sobre el tema de inmigración?…more

Biden Administration, Coronavirus/COVID-19, DACA, Immigration Procedures, Immigration Reform

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Federal Law Changes Permit More Uses of 529 Plan Accounts

Included in the federal Further Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020 signed by the president on December 20, 2019, is the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act (the “Act”), a law expanding the types…more

529 Plans, Apprenticeships, Education Expenses, SECURE Act, State Taxes

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Force majeure causes, considerations, defenses, and remedies for Iowa businesses

The outbreak of the coronavirus and its related disease, COVID-19, has upended much of our daily lives, from supply chains, to schools, to sports. And as the pandemic and its economic fallout continue, many businesses are facing…more

Commercial Contracts, Contract Terms, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Force Majeure Clause, Frustration of a Common Purpose

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Will Signing During COVID

COVID has caused a lot of changes in our everyday lives and is changing the way many of us do business. While many things can be done remotely by telephone or over video-chat, certain tasks are best accomplished in person…more

Coronavirus/COVID-19, Digital Signature Standards, Estate Planning, FaceTime, Notarization

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Special Shift Assignments and the FMLA

In 2021, as everyone begins to hope that the world will shift back to normal after the chaos of COVID-19, many employers are finding that they have no workers to fill open positions as they ramp up production and expand business…more

Coronavirus/COVID-19, Department of Labor (DOL), Employee Benefits, FMLA, Paid Leave

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Further Details Regarding Iowa’s Newest Rental Assistance Program for Low-Income Iowans

With newly available federal money, the State of Iowa rolled out another program to provide rental assistance to Iowans and otherwise prevent homelessness by preventing imminent eviction. This newest program is targeted to…more

CARES Act, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Eviction, Governor Reynolds, Landlords

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Unclaimed Property Held by an Employer

The termination of an employee can raise many issues, including what to do with personal property a former employee leaves at the workplace such as photos and frames, personal tchotchkes, lunch boxes, tools, and even uncashed…more

Business Closures, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Former Employee, Personal Property, Termination

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JD Supra Cookie Guide

As with many websites, JD Supra's website (located at (our "Website") and our services (such as our email article digests)(our "Services") use a standard technology called a "cookie" and other similar technologies (such as, pixels and web beacons), which are small data files that are transferred to your computer when you use our Website and Services. These technologies automatically identify your browser whenever you interact with our Website and Services.

How We Use Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to:

  1. Improve the user experience on our Website and Services;
  2. Store the authorization token that users receive when they login to the private areas of our Website. This token is specific to a user's login session and requires a valid username and password to obtain. It is required to access the user's profile information, subscriptions, and analytics;
  3. Track anonymous site usage; and
  4. Permit connectivity with social media networks to permit content sharing.

There are different types of cookies and other technologies used our Website, notably:

  • "Session cookies" - These cookies only last as long as your online session, and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser (like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari).
  • "Persistent cookies" - These cookies stay on your computer or device after your browser has been closed and last for a time specified in the cookie. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.
  • "Web Beacons/Pixels" - Some of our web pages and emails may also contain small electronic images known as web beacons, clear GIFs or single-pixel GIFs. These images are placed on a web page or email and typically work in conjunction with cookies to collect data. We use these images to identify our users and user behavior, such as counting the number of users who have visited a web page or acted upon one of our email digests.

JD Supra Cookies. We place our own cookies on your computer to track certain information about you while you are using our Website and Services. For example, we place a session cookie on your computer each time you visit our Website. We use these cookies to allow you to log-in to your subscriber account. In addition, through these cookies we are able to collect information about how you use the Website, including what browser you may be using, your IP address, and the URL address you came from upon visiting our Website and the URL you next visit (even if those URLs are not on our Website). We also utilize email web beacons to monitor whether our emails are being delivered and read. We also use these tools to help deliver reader analytics to our authors to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

Analytics/Performance Cookies. JD Supra also uses the following analytic tools to help us analyze the performance of our Website and Services as well as how visitors use our Website and Services:

  • HubSpot - For more information about HubSpot cookies, please visit
  • New Relic - For more information on New Relic cookies, please visit
  • Google Analytics - For more information on Google Analytics cookies, visit To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit This will allow you to download and install a Google Analytics cookie-free web browser.

Facebook, Twitter and other Social Network Cookies. Our content pages allow you to share content appearing on our Website and Services to your social media accounts through the "Like," "Tweet," or similar buttons displayed on such pages. To accomplish this Service, we embed code that such third party social networks provide and that we do not control. These buttons know that you are logged in to your social network account and therefore such social networks could also know that you are viewing the JD Supra Website.

Controlling and Deleting Cookies

If you would like to change how a browser uses cookies, including blocking or deleting cookies from the JD Supra Website and Services you can do so by changing the settings in your web browser. To control cookies, most browsers allow you to either accept or reject all cookies, only accept certain types of cookies, or prompt you every time a site wishes to save a cookie. It's also easy to delete cookies that are already saved on your device by a browser.

The processes for controlling and deleting cookies vary depending on which browser you use. To find out how to do so with a particular browser, you can use your browser's "Help" function or alternatively, you can visit which explains, step-by-step, how to control and delete cookies in most browsers.

Updates to This Policy

We may update this cookie policy and our Privacy Policy from time-to-time, particularly as technology changes. You can always check this page for the latest version. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about how we use cookies and other tracking technologies, please contact us at:

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