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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

Apr 27, 2020

Inside the CARES Act: Paycheck II the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

For those who have been following the latest with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, it was a busy end to last week! We’ve previously issued an analysis of the CARES Act of 2020 through our “Inside the CARES Act” series on the Norris McLaughlin Biz Law Blog, but this past week saw the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (Paycheck II), as well as updated FAQs from the Treasury Department and additional guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) in another Interim Final Rule issued on Friday, April 24.» Read More

Apr 16, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Impracticability and Frustration of Purpose as Defenses to Breach of Contract Claims in Pennsylvania

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal in a multitude of economic sectors, including commercial transactions. From commercial leases to loan agreements to construction and supply contracts, questions are surfacing about the rights, liabilities, and defenses available to parties to a contract in view of the pandemic.» Read More

Apr 03, 2020

COVID-19 and Impracticability and Frustration of Purpose as Defenses to Breach of Contract Claims in Pennsylvania

In addition to any defenses to performance that may exist under force majeure provisions contained in a contract, Pennsylvania courts recognize impracticability of performance and frustration of purpose as defenses to breach of contract claims. However, the availability of impracticability and frustration of purposes defenses in any particular case is dependent upon the language of the contract and the facts and circumstances of the case.» Read More

Apr 01, 2020

Inside the CARES Act: COVID-19 Update – SBA Releases Sample Application for Paycheck Protection Program

Businesses actively awaiting guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding the process for application to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Paycheck Protection Program were given some guidance yesterday evening. The SBA released a Sample Application for the Paycheck Protection ProgramRead More

Mar 31, 2020

Inside the CARES Act: Update—Applying for a COVID-19-Related SBA Loan?

As a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program has been expanded for qualifying businesses and qualifying self-employed individuals. The CARES Act’s “Paycheck Protection Program” provides 100% federally backed SBA loans to cover operational costs like rent, payroll, employee health benefits, interest on other debt obligations, insurance, and utilities, among others.» Read More

Mar 28, 2020

Inside the CARES Act: Loan Payment Subsidies for Certain Loans as Part of the CARES Act of 2020

In addition to the expansion of the Small Business Act’s (“SBA”) business loan program and the SBA’s disaster loan program, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) authorizes loan payment subsidies for certain loans.» Read More