Month: April 2020

Healthcare Providers: Key Considerations before Accepting Provider Relief Funds

On April 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) started distributing $30 billion of the $100 billion in funds appropriated under the CARES Act’s Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (the “Relief Fund”) to healthcare providers. On April 22, 2020, HHS announced that it would begin distributing an additional $20 …

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Texas Executive Order GA-16:  COVID-19 and “Re-opened services”

With the issuance of Executive Order GA-16, Texas has started to loosen the COVID-19-related restrictions on certain business operations.  Beginning on April 24, 2020, retail services that are defined as “reopened services” will be allowed to operate.  “Reopened services” are “retail services that are not ‘essential services,’ but that may be provided through pickup, delivery …

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Eight-Corners and Extrinsic Evidence: Never… Sometimes… Maybe?

This article appears online at law.com published on April 21, 2020. The eight-corners rule is an obvious, self-explanatory rule.  It says what it means, and it means what it says, right? Maybe.  It’s complicated. Under the eight-corners rule, an insurer’s duty to defend its insured is determined by comparing the claims asserted in the “four …

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Questions Businesses Ask their Attorneys During a Crisis, a TechFW TechNest Webinar

Cantey Hanger Partner and Chair of the firm’s Business, Tax and Estates section, Doug Clayton, is participating in Tech Fort Worth’s TechNest Webinar.  His presentation will be “Questions Businesses Ask their Attorneys During a Crisis” to be given via Zoom Conference on April 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm.  Click here to register for this virtual …

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SBA Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). Under the CARES Act, small businesses, sole proprietorships, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals may apply for loans administered by the Small Business Association’s (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The SBA launched a CARES Act webpage (https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp), and …

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Essential 2.0: Governor Abbott Issues Statewide Order

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order GA-14, which became effective today, April 2, 2020.  This order adopts the definition “essential services” from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0” but also adds religious services to the list of allowed activities.  Notably, this statewide definition of …

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Breaking Down the COVID-19 Loan Programs: Economic Injury Disaster Loan versus Paycheck Protection Program

On March 25, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) had included the state of Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration, thereby paving the way for small businesses to access the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) Program. The EIDL program has been around for a while, but was only …

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