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In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Congress hurriedly passed a host of economic relief bills to provide “American workers, families, and small businesses fast and direct economic assistance and to preserve jobs.” The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted in March 2020 to provide over $2 trillion in economic relief. The CARES Act included the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and certain follow-on acts that injected over $650 billion for small business and their employees. Additionally, small businesses were granted the right to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
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By Brett S. Theisen and Mark B. Conlan
Even though payment of post-petition rent under a nonresidential lease (prior to rejection) has historically been an absolute requirement, bankruptcy courts, as courts of equity, have the ability during these extraordinary times to take a more flexible approach.
By Mette H. Kurth and Dan Mette
Senator Elizabeth Warren has been relentlessly pursuing bankruptcy reform for two decades. And Joe Biden has adopted her comprehensive proposal. The proposals could impact commercial bankruptcy law and reverberate across our financial systems.
By Michael H. Strub Jr.
The economic impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic. For many companies, intellectual property are significant assets, and counsel for these businesses, as well as counsel for their creditors, licensees and licensors, will need to understand these issues that arise to avoid pitfalls and take full advantage of opportunities to exploit the full value of a company’s IP for the benefit of their clients.
By Marisa L. Byram
While commercial leases and the force majeure clauses contained in such leases vary widely, a recent decision from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois may provide guidance to parties and help them to resolve similar disputes without resorting to the courts.