PilieroMazza Adds Attorneys to List of Super Lawyers®

PilieroMazza is pleased to announce that Kathryn Hickey , Lauren Brier , and Sara Nasseri are now among the Firm’s 13 attorneys distinguished with a listing in the 2020 edition of Super Lawyers® .  Attorneys from PilieroMazza’s four core practice areas—including Government Contracts , Business & Corporate , Labor & Employment , and Litigation & Dispute Resolution —are represented in this year’s list. Super Lawyer® Kathryn Hickey is a partner and the chair of PilieroMazza’s Business & Corporate Group, where she counsels commercial businesses and government contractors in matters involving general business concerns, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, and . . . Read More

Jonathan Pomerance Comments on Defense Production Act and Meat Plant Production During COVID-19

The timing and substance of the next COVID-19 relief bill may hinge on the issue of liability. . . . The liability issue gathered steam with comments made by President Donald Trump before he signed  an Executive Order designed to keep meat and poultry plants operating. Trump said the E.O. would “solve any liability problems” those companies are facing. Issued using the authority of the Defense Production Act, the E.O. “clarifies which safety standards companies must follow — those found in the joint . . . Read More

JD Supra: PilieroMazza #1 for Government Contracts Legal Thought Leadership

For a third consecutive year, PilieroMazza ’s  Government Contracts  attorneys and their thought leadership take the #1 position in this year’s  JD Supra Readers’ Choice Top Firm 2020 Award . Recognized by readers as the Firm’s leading author for content on government contracts law is  Sam Finnerty , who earned the  JD Supra Readers’ Choice Top Author 2020 Award  as one of their top 10 authors.  To put this achievement in perspective, last year, more than 50,000 authors published their insights and commentary on JD Supra, and of those, over 1,500 published content pertaining to government contracting. “This is a great accomplishment . . . Read More

$484 Billion Relief Bill Signed Into Law, $310 Billion Allocated to Paycheck Protection Program

H.R. 266 , the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, was signed into law today. Appropriating $484 billion in relief for the COVID-19 outbreak, it provides additional funding for small business loans, healthcare providers, and COVID-19 testing. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program or the COVID-19 related Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance program (including EIDL Advances) because Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding was exhausted. The . . . Read More

Law360 Quotes Lauren Brier on Bad Faith and Allegations of Bias in JEDI Contract Award

The White House ‘s stonewalling of an investigation into the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract has prompted renewed allegations of bias from Amazon as it protests the deal, but experts say the company faces a steep climb to show the deal was unfair. . . . Showing bad faith effectively requires “very hard, clear facts” laid out in evidence such as internal communications, according to Lauren Brier , a PilieroMazza PLLC attorney who has written frequently about the JEDI procurement. Allegations that could be drawn from inferences about the . . . Read More

Nichole Atallah Comments on Small Business Benefits in CARES Act, FFCRA, and EFMLA

Nichole Atallah participated in a virtual town hall hosted by USAV to share information on all things COVID-19. Topics addressed include: Chief benefits of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for small businesses Effect of shelter-in-place orders on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid time off and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave How essential business designations affect employee access to the emergency paid time off and Emergency FMLA (EFMLA) benefits <br> For additional information about their town hall meetings, visit the USAV website here . . . Read More

Jon Williams Featured in “Force Majeure? Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Government Contractor Impacted by COVID-19”

Jon Williams was recently featured in the Public Spend Forum webinar, “Force Majeure? Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Government Contractor Impacted by COVID-19.” With companies scrambling to interpret force majeure clauses within their commercial contracts in light of COVID-19, the session sought to answer the question: “What are the rights and responsibilities of companies in this current atmosphere, under their government contract terms?” A video with Jon’s comments is available below. He addresses the questions: In the federal contracting context, can you . . . Read More

CARES Act Stimulus Loans: “Founders & Friends” Podcast Features Kathryn Hickey

Kathryn Hickey , Chair of PilieroMazza ’s Business & Corporate Group , examines the CARES Act stimulus loans—including the Payroll Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan—and what small businesses and their investors need to know in terms of eligibility requirements, the application process, affiliation concerns, loan forgiveness, and much more. Please visit this link to hear the full podcast. Please visit  PilieroMazza’s COVID-19 Client Resource Center for more information on the CARES Act and other resources to help businesses survive this pandemic.