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Michigan Small Business Restart Program Accepting Grant Applications Starting July 15
Dykema, July 2020

The State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to provide grants to Michigan businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The grants, up to $20,000 each, will be administered by 15 Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in the state. Participating EDOs are listed below...

Supreme Court Affirms Addition of .Com to Generic Term Renders Booking.com Registrable
Dykema, July 2020

In a decision contrary to current Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) rules, the United States Supreme Court has found the mark BOOKING.COM as a whole is not generic and that combining a generic term with “.com” does not necessarily result in a composite term that also is generic. Background Booking.com B.V. (“Booking.com”) sought to federally register the mark BOOKING.COM, and related variations, for travel services...

United States Congress Extends PPP Loan Application Deadline to August 8, 2020
Dykema, July 2020

On June 30, 2020, the Senate passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to keep the program operating until August 8, 2020. On July 1, 2020, the House also approved the extension for the program which was set to end on June 30. The President is expected to sign the extension shortly...

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Review: Key Observations
Dykema, June 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness IFR Revisions and Revised Application, Key Observations Part V Once again, the SBA is doling out guidance in small doses, solving some questions, creating new questions and leaving most questions still unanswered. On June 16, 2020, the SBA issued a revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, along wit hrelated instructions, and new PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508EZ, also with related instructions...

Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery August 29
Waller, June 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing drive-through, carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Read Executive Order 50 here. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver...

Bending COVID-19 Rules until they Break
Waller, June 2020

We are seeing significant upticks in state responses to violations of COVID-19 safety orders. Hours ago (June 26), Florida suspended all sales of alcohol at bars. The state broke the news via Twitter. Florida Gov...

The Supreme Court Upholds the SECs Ability to Obtain Disgorgement
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

In a long-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court this week upheld the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ability to obtain disgorgement, provided the award does not exceed the wrongdoer’s ill-gotten gains and is returned to the victims. The Supreme Court’s decision came inLiu et al. v...

Latest Update on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

View our other alerts and articles on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program on our Coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page. This alert was originally published on June 4, 2020, and is being updated as new information becomes available...

Some Going Concerns: A Primer on Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy for Licensors and Licensees
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy Much has been written on the myriad of legal issues emanating from the global COVID-19 pandemic: the constitutionality of the lockdowns, liability for stores that open, the process of obtaining PPP loans, and the applicability of force majeure clauses, to name a few. As intellectual property and bankruptcy practitioners, we are fielding more questions regarding the impact of bankruptcies (both actual and potential) on the rights of licensors and licensees...

Privacy Concerns Multiply as Digital Contact Tracing Spreads: U.S. Tech Industry Takes the Lead as Congress Fails to Act
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

What You Need To Know: Digital contact tracing (DCT) is a potential game changer in the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the sensitive personal information collected by DCT applications (“DCT apps”) largely falls through the cracks of existing U.S. data protection laws. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) may be the only current legal model that encompasses the data privacy aspects of digital contact tracing...

Presidential Proclamation Extends Ban on Entry of Immigrants; Adds H-1B, L-1 and J-1 Visa Holders
Dykema, June 2020

Following up on Dykema’s alert from June 18, 2020, President Trump signed a Proclamation that extends his April 22, 2020, 60-day ban on immigrant workers entering the United States until December 31, 2020. In addition, it also added those with H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 visas and any foreign national accompanying them to this ban. The Proclamation states this was done to address, in part, high unemployment levels due to the coronavirus pandemic...

5 Ways Healthcare REIT Sector will Change because of COVID-19
Waller, June 2020

Amid the unprecedented changes wracking the business world in 2020, one certainty remains: many industries will look very different in future years as strategic responses to COVID-19 gain traction and become permanent. In the healthcare REIT sector, we are beginning to see trends that may shape industry norms long after the dust has settled from the chaos of 2020. 1...

Possible Presidential Proclamation to Limit Entry of H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 Visa Holders
Dykema, June 2020

Several reports, including one by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, indicate President Trump may issue a Proclamation limiting or prohibiting the entry into the United States of foreign nationals holding H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 visas. H-1Bs are used to employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations (those positions normally requiring at least a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent for entry into the field). H-2Bs are for temporary, non-agricultural workers...

Long Overdue: U.S. Supreme Court Holds Title VII Protects Gay and Transgender Employees
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

What You Need To Know: It is now unlawful under federal law to discriminate against an employee because of that person’s sexual orientation or transgender status. Previously, more than 25 states did not have laws protecting gay employees from discrimination. Yesterday's Supreme Court decision confirms that discrimination based upon one’s sexual orientation or gender identity is discrimination based upon sex and therefore unlawful...

Will Metro Nashville Beer Board Enforce Health Violations for COVID?
Waller, June 2020

Folks are all abuzz about the June 18, 2020 “Emergency Meeting” of the Metro Nashville Beer Board. The Beer Board has cited the following: Moxy Downtown Kid Rock’s Broadway Brewhouse Downtown Nudie’s Click for a copy of the notice of the meeting...

Pennies from Heaven for Tennessee Small Business
Waller, June 2020

We are pleased to share the following summary about the Tennessee Business Relief Program. Key takeaways are: The money does not have to be paid back Revenue hopes to start disbursing in early July Unlike PPP and other relief programs, there is no application. A huge shout-out for the excellent summary to Jim Schmidt and Sharon Michie from the Tennessee’s Brewer’s Guild...

U.S. Supreme Court Makes Pride Month History by Holding That Title VII Bars Job Discrimination Against LGBT+ Workers
Dykema, June 2020

Unexpectedly siding with the liberal wing of the Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch penned a 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, holding that Title VII’s prohibition on sex-based discrimination also covers sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The Court’s decision dealt a historic victory for proponents of expanding gay and trans protections for workers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964...

Proposed Legislation Would Create New Protections for Michigan Residential Borrowers and Tenants During States of Emergency
Dykema, June 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its resulting adverse effects on the income levels of Michigan residents, a package of bills (2020 SB 912 through 2020 SB 917) was introduced earlier this month to provide additional protections for residential tenants and owner-occupants during a declared state of emergency...

IRS Provides Relief for Projects Eligible for Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit
Dykema, June 2020

On May 27, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2020-41 (“Notice”) providing COVID-19 relief for businesses seeking to qualify for the production tax credit for renewable energy facilities under Section 45 (“PTC”) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and investment tax credit for energy property under Section 48 (“ITC”) of the Code...

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Review: Key Observations
Dykema, June 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness Expansion: Key Observations Part III On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Act”) was signed into law by the President. It provides for a number of liberalizations of the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”)...

Notice 2020-39: IRS Provides Relief to Qualified Opportunity Funds and Investors Related to COVID-19 Pandemic
Dykema, June 2020

The Novogradac Opportunity Zones Working Group (the “Novogradac Group”) recently wrote to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (the “Commissioner”) and the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy of the Department of the Treasury...

Five Things to Know About the Pre-Launch Update to the Main Street Lending Program
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

Certain provisions of the coronavirus economic stimulus legislation are subject to the ongoing issuance of government regulations and other government action; thus, certain details regarding the legislation may be clarified, revised, or added...

Tax Deferral of Employers Portion of Social Security Taxes Under Section 2302 of the CARES Act Now Available for PPP Borrowers Without Exception
Dykema, June 2020

Pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which was enacted into law on June 5, 2020, taxpayers who take out a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), all or a portion of which is subsequently forgiven, may now also take advantage of the tax deferral of the employer’s portion of the Social Security taxes under Section 2302 of the CARES Act...

New Law Provides Significant Reforms Flexibility for PPP Borrowers
Waller, June 2020

On June 5, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Act”) into law, providing several important modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) that PPP borrowers should know about...

OSHA Issues New Guidance Ramping up Enforcement Related to COVID-19
Waller, June 2020

On the heels of growing pressure and mounting criticism from Congress and labor unions that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was not doing enough to protect workers, OSHA issued new guidance expanding employers’ reporting requirements related to COVID illnesses...

 

 

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