New York State Legislature Enacts Emergency Disaster Treatment Protection Act
Apr 20, 2020

New York State Legislature Enacts Emergency Disaster Treatment Protection Act

In order to shield healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals from potential civil and/or criminal liability resulting from care and treatment rendered to both COVID-19 patients and non-COVID-19 patients during the COVID-19 crisis, the New York State Legislature has included the Emergency Disaster Treatment Protection Act (“EDTPA”) in the state fiscal year 2021 budget.  The EDTPA, […] More

Apr 15, 2020

COVID 19s Effect on Litigation: Court Orders and Updates

As the United States continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis, State and Federal Courts have implemented various orders designed to promote public safety while balancing the rights of criminal defendants and litigants. These orders include, in some jurisdictions, the continuation of jury trials, the suspension of statutes of limitations, and in some instances suspension of court […] More

FINRA Issues Guidance on Disclosure Requirements Related to Loan Forgiveness under the Payment Protection Program (“PPP”)
Apr 14, 2020

FINRA Issues Guidance on Disclosure Requirements Related to Loan Forgiveness under the Payment Protection Program (“PPP”)

By Michael Schwartzberg, Michael H. DiTrapani

FINRA announced yesterday that it will not require the disclosure of loans forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) in response to Form U4 Question 14K, as long as the forgiveness is consistent with the loan’s original terms. FINRA requires registered persons to affirmatively disclose on their U-4 a “compromise” of a debt to a […] More

COVID-19 Update:  Pennsylvania Businesses Challenging the Stay at Home Order
Apr 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Pennsylvania Businesses Challenging the Stay at Home Order

By Denis Dice

On March 23, 2020, the Governor of Pennsylvania issued the first Stay at Home Order which applied to seven counties in the Commonwealth and was to remain in place until April 6, 2020.  This Order requires residents to remain at home unless engaged in certain activities, such as essential travel, and permitted certain outdoor activities, […] More

New York State’s Virtual Courts to Begin Handling Some Non-Essential Business
Apr 7, 2020

New York State’s Virtual Courts to Begin Handling Some Non-Essential Business

By Harris B. Katz

Today, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued a memorandum to all trial court justices and judges in the State of New York indicating that starting next Monday, April 13, 2020, the New York State court system will take preliminary steps to open up remote access to the courts via Skype or telephone for non-essential […] More

Apr 6, 2020

Small Business Administration Begins Accepting Applications for Emergency Relief Loans

On April 3, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) began accepting applications for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans for small businesses and sole proprietorships authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning April 10, 2020. The PPP authorized up to $349 million in forgivable […] More

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