Commercial Leasing Issues Due to COVID-19 – For Landlords and Tenants

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By: Allison Behjani COVID-19 Stay Home Directives and governmental closures of non-essential businesses have led to leasing crises in both the commercial retail and office spaces. Tenants continue to struggle with crippling losses in sales or other revenue streams and have either requested rent relief from their landlords, or, in some cases, have simply informed… Read more »

Utah Leads Together Small Business Loan Program: What You Should Know

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By Raj Dhaliwal The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (“GOED”) announced the Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan Program (“Program”) to help businesses in Utah stay afloat during the unprecedented COVID-19 Crisis (“Crisis”). The Program will provide over $8,000,000 in loans to eligible small businesses, which will be disbursed in at least two separate… Read more »

Some Patent & Trademark Deadlines Extended Because of the CARES Act

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By Thomas M. Hardman In an effort to assist those who have been adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. The USPTO’s authority for extending these deadlines comes from the… Read more »

SBA Administration Releases Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program

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By Christopher N. Nelson Updated 4/16/2020 The U.S. Small Business Administration released interim guidance on implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  This guidance, while not final and subject to change, is helpful to both small businesses and lenders as they participate in this program under which loans are available beginning April 3, 2020.  In… Read more »

Charitable Benefits Under CARES Act: What You Should Know

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By Christopher N. Nelson Among other provisions designed to provide relief to individuals and businesses affected by the novel coronavirus, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) provides incentives to encourage charitable giving and assist nonprofit organizations during these challenging times. Incentives to Encourage Increased Charitable Giving Charitable Benefits for Non-Itemizers. … Read more »

COVID-19: EPA Announces Temporary Modifications to Environmental Enforcement Policies

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By Steve Jones On March 26, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum outlining “COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program.”  In the memo, EPA announced that it was temporarily modifying the Agency’s enforcement of certain environmental obligations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  EPA’s new policy will apply retroactively to… Read more »

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Price Gouging

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By Katherine Priest Since the time Governor Herbert declared a state of emergency as a result of COVID-19, the Utah Division of Consumer Protection has been aggressively pursuing local companies and individuals suspected of price gouging, particularly related to the sale of medical supplies and equipment or other consumer goods in high demand at this… Read more »

Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

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By Brent D. Wride In the face of the world-wide pandemic that has forced many restaurants and small businesses to close, business owners are wondering where to turn to find financial help to weather the storm.  One possible answer may be insurance policies that cover “business interruption” losses resulting from COVID-19 closures. Many companies have… Read more »

FAQs: Salt Lake City Emergency Loan Program

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By Raj Dhaliwal What is the Salt Lake City Emergency Loan Program? Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Salt Lake City Council recently announced the Salt Lake City Emergency Loan Program (“Program”) to help support small businesses during the COVID-19 Crisis (“Crisis”). The Program provides a total of $1,000,000 in loans to eligible small businesses, which… Read more »

Economic Relief for Employers Under the CARES Act

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By D. Zachary Wiseman, Gavin M. Reese, and Aaron C. Hinton A SUMMARY OF “PAYCHECK PROTECTION” LOANS To stimulate the national economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the CARES Act provides an unprecedented $2 trillion of economic relief to businesses and individual citizens across the country.  For employers, the most significant provision… Read more »