Treasury Department Issues Guidance (and Application) for Paycheck Protection Program Loans
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- On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury Department released its guidance concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was authorized by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under the PPP, qualified small businesses, eligible non‑profits, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors may... ›
The Sovereign Acts Doctrine: Understanding COVID-19 Implications For Your Government Contract
By: Kevin P. Mullen and Sandeep N. NandivadaThe COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant uncertainty for government contractors as agencies prepare for substantial disruptions, including the potential closure of military installations. See e.g. , Department of the Army COVID-19 Response Letter ; Department of Defense COVID-19 Planning Memo (Mar. 10, 2020). Given... ›
Unprecedented Discovery Orders Vacated: Fourth Circuit Confirms Government Contractors Do Not Waive Privilege by Disclosing Facts Uncovered during an Internal Investigation under the FAR’s Mandatory Disclosure Rule
By: J. Alex Ward and Victoria Dalcourt AngleLawyers often view a writ of mandamus to a Court of Appeals as a last-gasp—indeed, almost hopeless—stratagem. But sometimes they are granted, particularly when the district court order they challenge is even more extraordinary. That is what just happened in In re Fluor Intercontinental,... ›
Contractor Relief Unclear Under the CARES Act
By: J. Alex WardOn Wednesday, the Senate passed a $2 trillion relief package – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act – intended to relieve some of the worst economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to sweeping relief measures for individuals and... ›
Federal Antitrust Agencies Encourage Appropriate Competitor Collaboration to Address the COVID-19 Crisis
By: David D. CrossThe U.S. antitrust agencies – the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – have recognized a need for “unprecedented cooperation between federal, state, and local governments and among private businesses to protect Americans’ health and safety” during the... ›
A Summary of the Defense Production Act
By: J. Alex WardLast week, the President announced that he was invoking a Cold War-era law called the Defense Production Act (DPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 4501 et seq ., to ensure the Nation is able to acquire the “health and medical resources needed to respond to the... ›
Practical Considerations for Requiring Employees to Report to Work in Light of COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Orders
By: Andrew R. Turnbull and Victoria Dalcourt AngleAs the number of reported cases of COVID-19 continues to increase dramatically, several states, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Louisiana, have issued public health orders requiring over one-fourth of Americans to stay at home. More states are... ›
Cyber Preparedness for Government Contractors: Opportunistic Hackers and the COVID-19 Pandemic
By: Tina D. Reynolds and Sandeep N. NandivadaThe COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted operations across the globe as government agencies and corporations grapple with the implications of remote work, workforce and workplace limitations, and employee health and safety. But while this worldwide crisis has introduced new complexities and challenges, it also has... ›
The Defense Production Act: a Little Known Statute that May Soon Be Running Your Company
By: J. Alex WardLast week, the President invoked a Cold War-era law called the Defense Production Act (DPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 4501 et seq ., to acquire much-needed medical supplies and equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although a handful of provisions of the DPA – such as... ›
Update: COVID-19/Coronavirus Webinar Series: Concerns for Government Contractors (MATERIALS)
By: J. Alex WardUpdated to add final materials, which can be accessed here. Replays of the webinar can be accessed here. Please join Morrison & Foerster Government Contracts + Public Procurement practice co-chair Alex Ward , and partner Dan Chudd for a webinar concerning what government contractors... ›