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Oct 01, 2020

Taxing Disclosures: Municipal Securities Issuers and COVID-19

As discussed in my earlier blog, “SEC Focus on Municipal Securities: Disclosure and Enforcement – The Peculiar Structure of the Municipal Securities Disclosure Regime,” since 1994 issuers and, in the case of conduit issuers, obligated parties are required to enter into a Continuing Disclosure Agreement (“CDA”) at the time of issuing municipal securities.» Read More

Sep 24, 2020

Coronavirus and the Constitutional Rights of Businesses: Butler v. Wolf

In Butler v. Wolf, Judge Stickman of the Western District of Pennsylvania issued an important ruling on Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s coronavirus lockdown orders which impacts the Governor’s ability to re-impose some of the more draconian restrictions that he, and governors in New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere, put in place between March and June.» Read More

Sep 10, 2020

When the Tank Is Empty: Auditing in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the shutdowns of much of the economic activity in the United States by mid-March 2020. Although there were and remain some variances among the several states, in general, businesses were shut, buildings were almost empty, and factories and warehouses (except for Amazon, according to media reports) were still.» Read More

Sep 08, 2020

SEC Seeks to Increase the Security of the Data on the Consolidated Audit Trail National Market System

In 2005, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) established the National Market System (“NMS”), governed by SEC Regulation NMS, “…to modernize and strengthen …[the trading system] for equity securities.” Its aim was to encourage competition both among the several trading markets and among individual orders, SEC Release No.» Read More

Aug 19, 2020

Are You Ready? Preparing Your Business for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Audit

On March 29, 2020, as part of a massive response to the economic distress inflicted upon businesses and working people in the United States due to the “shutdown” of the economy as part of the efforts to contain the impact of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”), Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).» Read More

Jun 10, 2020

Government Provides Relief in the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Although brief in length, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (the “Act”) that was signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020, clarifies how borrowers can use Payment Protection Program (“PPP”) loans made pursuant to the CARES Act and grants borrowers much-needed flexibility in the requirements for PPP forgiveness.» Read More

May 29, 2020

House Passes Bill to Relax PPP Forgiveness Conditions

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on May 28, 2020, to relax the terms and conditions for forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, just before the eight-week covered periods for early borrowers are coming to an end. The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, H.R.» Read More

May 21, 2020

The Pandemic Effect: The Outsourced Service Provider as a Resource

This new normal, what will it look like in a few days, weeks, or months? Yes, some may physically be back at the office or having in-person meetings again, while others may be forever changing how they do business. The common factor between those returning physically to a pre-COVID existence, and those setting a new path for themselves will be a realization that our reliance on any outsourced service provider before the outbreak was nothing compared to what it will be moving forward.» Read More

May 12, 2020

Learning From the Past: Legionnaires’ Disease and Reopening Your Business After COVID-19

In 1976, as our country was celebrating its Bicentennial, the American Legion was fittingly hosting its convention in Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation. Tragically, many Legion convention attendees were sickened and some later died after contracting a mysterious respiratory ailment.» Read More

May 12, 2020

Rent Guarantee Insurance – A Solution for Landlords?

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on both insurance companies and their insureds with a multitude of claims having already been made and denied. Parties that have been especially hard hit financially by the pandemic are the owners of retail shopping complexes that have multiple tenants, many of which have had to close because they are “non-essential” businesses under government emergency orders.» Read More