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U.S. Senate Gets Additional Stimulus Conversation Started With Introduction of HEALS Act

Congress is working to agree upon a third round of stimulus to help individuals and companies still reeling from the economic and public health crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Toward that end, Republicans in the U.S. Senate have introduced the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, a nearly $1T package that includes provisions for (1) additional forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans to help hard-hit small businesses remain viable, (2) reduced enhancement to unemployment benefits ($200 from $600) for those out of work, and (3) more $1,200 direct payments to most Americans. (Read More)

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Paycheck Protection Program Extended to August 8th

Those still wanting to apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program now have until August 8 to do so. The PPP, which was set to expire on June 30, has been extended by way of a bill passed by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and signed into law by the President on July 4. (Read More)

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California Looks to Pass Legislation Concerning Business Interruption Coverage Due to COVID-19

The California State Senate has just amended Assembly Bill 1552 to create certain rebuttable presumptions having to do with COVID-19-related business interruption claims and disputes. In its original form, the legislation was written to adopt or revise a model curriculum in Native American studies, which is certainly a far cry from insurance regulation. In any event, Michelman & Robinson explains what it could mean for insurers if this bill, as amended, is passed and signed into law. (Read More)

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PPP Loan Deadline May Be Extended as SBA Issues New Rules Relating to Loan Forgiveness and Eligibility

Last night (June 30), with the deadline to apply for a loan pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program set to expire—and with that nearly $130B in allocated funds being left untapped and on the table—the U.S. Senate passed an extension of the program to August 8. Whether the extension passes in the U.S. House of Representatives and is then signed into law is likely but remains to be seen; a House vote is pending as of this writing. In the meantime, attention continues to turn to the loan forgiveness process. (Read More)

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Defy State and Local Executive Orders at Your Own Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned numerous executive orders at both the state and local levels. From stay-at-home mandates to directives requiring face coverings and social distancing, laws are now in place throughout the country, all geared to stem the tide of the coronavirus. That being said, many businesses and individuals are unsure if they can be subject to legal liability for failing to obey executive orders issued by governors and mayors nationwide. As a matter of fact and law, they can. Make no mistake, businesses and individuals that run afoul of executive orders (related to COVID-19 or otherwise) may be held criminally and, in some cases, civilly liable. (Read More)

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CDI Announces New Order Regarding Workers' Compensation Premium Savings for CA Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Last week, the California Department of Insurance issued a press release announcing an order issued by Commissioner Ricardo Lara mandating that premiums for worker’s compensation coverage reflect the reduction in risk attributable to the state’s COVID-19-related stay-at-home mandates. By way of this alert, Michelman & Robinson addresses questions carriers may have about the order. (Read More)

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Nevada Division of Insurance to Disallow Policy Exclusions Related to COVID-19

The Nevada Division of Insurance (“NVDOI”) issued an important notice last week to all property and casualty insurers doing business in the state. Pursuant to the notice, the NVDOI will temporarily disallow the issuance of new business interruption policies—and those providing related coverage—if they contain exclusions specifically mentioning COVID-19, viruses, or pandemics. Michelman & Robinson answers some of the questions insurers and policyholders in Nevada may have about the notice. (Read More)

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California Modifies the Tolling of Statutes of Limitations in Civil Cases

Most lawsuits must be filed within a prescribed period of time, and the deadline for initiating a civil action is known as the statute of limitations. While the statute of limitations varies depending upon the type of claim contemplated in any given matter, as a rule, if it “runs out” prior to the filing of a complaint, the case is no longer valid. (Read More)

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Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

As Michelman & Robinson previously reported, the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the Flexibility Act). That bill, albeit slightly amended, was passed by the House early last week, and the Senate followed suit yesterday (June 3), passing the Flexibility Act by voice vote. The text of the legislation can be found here.

The major provisions of the bill, as passed, give business owners more flexibility and time to use PPP loan money and still qualify for forgiveness. (Read More)

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House Introduces Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 in the Wake of COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims

Legislation known as the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (the PRIA), which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, aims to create a reinsurance program in response to the growing COVID-19 crisis and in anticipation of future pandemics and their effects on the insurance industry and broader economy. Similar in scope and with language comparable to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (TRIA) that was passed after 9/11, the PRIA, if signed into law, would cap the total pandemic-related insurance losses that carriers might face going forward. Michelman & Robinson explains. (Read More)