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Client Alert: United States Patent and Trademark Office Expedites COVID-Related Trademark Applications

This Client Alert, written by Andrew Goldstein, details the expedited process.

John Shapiro Authors Article for SupplyChainBrain on Managing Supplier Risk and Force Majeure During COVID-19

Freeborn Partner John Shapiro recently authored an article for SupplyChainBrain entitled, "Three Steps to Managing Supplier Risk and Force Majeure." The article provides insight on three primary considerations a company can make to better control its fortune even where current-day realities render supply relationships uncertain and more difficult to maintain and manage. To read the full feature, click here.

Freeborn Partner Michael D. Whitty Elected President of Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises

At its most recent Board of Directors conference call, Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises (“AFHE”) elected Michael D. Whitty (of Freeborn & Peters LLP in Chicago, IL), previously its Vice-President and Treasurer, as President of the organization.

Client Alert: The “Main Street Lending Program”: What It Is and How It Works

The “Main Street Lending Program” (the “Program”) was established by the Federal Reserve Board (the “FRB”) to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Client Alert, written by Partners Anthony Zeoli and Kenneth Crane, highlights what we know so far about the Program, including a comparison of the available types of loans under the Program and the respective eligibility requirements of each.

Client Alert: FRB Releases Updated FAQ Regarding The “Main Street Lending Program”

The “Main Street Lending Program” (the “Program”) was established by the Federal Reserve Board (the “FRB”) to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Client Alert written by Partners Anthony Zeoli and Kenneth Crane provides insight on the latest FAQ released by the FRB regarding the Program.

Client Alert: New PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications, Including “EZ” Form For Eligible Borrowers, Released

On June 5, 2020, H.R. 7010, entitled the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act” (the “PPPFA”), was signed into law. The PPPFA significantly modified certain of the existing rules related to the forgiveness of PPP loans in an effort to provide borrowers more flexibility with respect to the use of PPP loan proceeds. This Client Alert, written by Anthony Zeoli, details the changes in the rules.

Thomas Bush Quoted in Global Competition Review Article on Antitrust Case That's Being Revisited Over Arbitration Dispute

Freeborn Partner Thomas Bush was recently interviewed by Global Competition Review (GCR) to provide insight for an article entitled, "SCOTUS to revisit antitrust case over arbitration dispute." He states that there are possibly broader implications for antitrust at stake in the mentioned Archer case, but that its relevance has been diminished by a string of Supreme Court rulings in recent years making it more challenging to bring class actions in arbitration proceedings. To read the full article, click here.

Todd Ohlms Authors Article for InboundLogistics on Preparing for Supply Chain Disruption During COVID-19 Pandemic

Freeborn Partner Todd Ohlms recently wrote an article for InboundLogistics providing insight on what companies that best handled supply chain disruption due to COVID-19 did in preparation. The article is titled, "6 Keys to Pandemic Preparedness," and outlines six steps that allowed companies to be well-prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic. To read the full article, click here.

Estate Planning Affected by Recent Events: Planning for Predictable Estate Tax Increases; Tax Repercussions of COVID-19-Driven Workplace Trends: Planning for Section 529 Accounts After COVID-19 Effects on Higher Education

Estate Planning in the first half of 2020 continues to be impacted by recent events, current trends, and contingency planning. This Client Alert, written by Michael Whitty, provides information on three hot topics.

Client Alert: URGENT - New “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act” Significantly Changes PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules

On June 5, 2020, H.R. 7010, entitled the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act” (the “PPPFA”), was signed into law. As discussed in this Client Alert, the PPPFA significantly modifies certain of the existing rules related to the forgiveness of PPP loans in an effort to provide borrowers more flexibility with respect to the use of PPP loan proceeds. Such changes include, among other things, extending the time period allowed for borrowers to spend forgivable PPP loan proceeds and lessening the overall amount of PPP loan proceeds which are required to be spent on “payroll” costs. That

Patrick Frye Provides Insight on Future of Litigation for AM Best Article

Freeborn Partner Patrick Frye was recently interviewed by AM Best to provide insight on the future of litigation in the wake of COVID-19.

Peter Steffen and John O'Bryan Co-Author Article on COVID-19 Claims for Mealey's Litigation Report: Reinsurance

Freeborn Partners and members of the firm's Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Team, Peter Steffen and John O'Bryan, recently co-authored an article for Mealey's Litigation Report: Reinsurance. The article entitled, "COVID-19 Claims: Single Or Multiple Occurrences?", and examines an important quantum aspect of the current crisis that may affect reinsurance claim handling: assuming a policyholder can establish coverage, whether COVID-19 claims will be considered as a single occurrence or as multiple occurrences both on the direct side and the reinsurance side.

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