Workout and bankruptcy professionals braced themselves for a wave of consumer and commercial bankruptcy filings because of the COVID-19 economic recession. Afterall, shuttered businesses led to the highest rates of job loss in recent memory. Business interruption and job loss usually result in bankruptcy filings. Instead, we saw a major drop in filings.
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All too often, after protracted and contentious litigation, the parties finally reach a settlement that requires the opposing party to pay your client over time, only to find that they file bankruptcy shortly after the ink dries. There is language you can include in a settlement agreement that could prevent the agreement from being completely undone.
United States District for the District of Columbia Judge Dabney Friedrich, threw out the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide moratorium on evictions, blocking enforcement. Judge Friedrich explained that the plain language in the Public Health Service Act blocks the moratorium.
In April 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s eviction moratorium. The CFPB’s rule requires debt collectors to provide written notice to tenants of their rights under the eviction moratorium and prohibits debt collectors from misrepresenting tenants’ eligibility for protection from eviction under the moratorium.
The Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) on April 6, 2021, issued new guidance on the Payroll Protection Program (the “PPP”) for entities in bankruptcy that wish to participate in the PPP. Moreover, any debtor in a bankruptcy case, or debtor with a part-owner (20% or greater) in bankruptcy, who is considering applying for a PPP loan cannot be “presently involved in a bankruptcy” to be eligible for a PPP loan.