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The ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to adapt again and again to a seemingly endless series of legal, regulatory and economic challenges. Fox attorneys are closely tracking the latest developments to help clients adjust, persevere and thrive under difficult circumstances.

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New and Noteworthy

DOJ Announces First Criminal Prosecution for Misuse of Health Care-Related COVID-19 Relief Funds
The Justice Department has widened its crackdown on COVID-19 fraud, announcing the first criminal case alleging misuse of federal relief funds designated for medical providers. Matthew Lee and Marissa Koblitz Kingman of our White-Collar Criminal Defense & Regulatory Compliance Practice discuss enforcement clues that can be gleaned from this first prosecution.

Reducing Risks of Software Implementation Disputes During COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to alter how business is done, companies are increasingly implementing new software to enhance their capabilities and increase efficiencies. In this alert, Clair Wischusen and Michael Eidel, partners in the firm's Litigation Department, detail steps businesses can take to reduce the risk of software implementation disputes.

Employment Issues and the COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are gradually becoming more available. As distribution widens, many employers may consider requiring workers to be vaccinated. Whether or not they take this approach, businesses face a variety of employment-related issues involving inoculation. Glenn Grlndlinger, a partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Department, explains in this client alert. 

COVID-19 and Clinical Laboratories: Licensing Requirements for Diagnostic Testing
Clinical laboratories across the country have ramped up diagnostic testing capabilities to meet the critical need for COVID-19 testing. Edward Cyran, Elizabeth Litten and Anahita Anvari of the firm's Health Law Practice detail the state and federal laws labs must comply with, despite provisions in recent federal laws and waivers designed to make testing more accessible.

Help Is on the Way for Shuttered Venues and Museums, Talent Representatives
The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) — often referred to as the COVID-19 stimulus package — earmarked $15 billion in federal grants for certain live venue operators and other arts-related entities that have been affected by the economic fallout from the pandemic. Los Angeles-based Melissa Sanders of the firm's Corporate Department runs down the eligibility requirements.

Should You Seek a Second PPP Draw if Your Company Has Ties to China?
Businesses with connections to China should proceed with caution when deciding whether to apply for funds from round two of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Matthew Adams and Marissa Koblitz Kingman of the firm's White-Collar Defense & Regulatory Compliance Practice examine new restrictions included in the second PPP.

Civil Settlement in PPP Loan Fraud Case Opens New Battle Lines
Matthew D. Lee, Co-Chair of our White-Collar Criminal Defense & Regulatory Compliance Practice, discusses the significance of the U.S. Justice Department's first civil settlement with a Paycheck Protection Program borrower alleged to have committed fraud in connection with this highly popular COVID-19 relief program.

For Existing PPP Borrowers, Stimulus Bill Expands Forgivable Uses and Eases Tax Consequences
The $900 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act modified the Paycheck Protection Program in a variety of business-friendly ways. In this alert, Gabe Herman, a member of the Corporate Department, outlines provisions that are likely to benefit both existing PPP borrowers and businesses that receive a second PPP Loan. 

SBA Controls Whether Bankruptcy Debtors May Take PPP Loans
In this alert, Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy partner Harriet P. Wallace outlines why paycheck protection loans will continue to be unavailable to bankruptcy debtors unless the Small Business Administration changes the rules governing the program.

Congress Enhances Significant Tax Breaks for Businesses in Consolidated Appropriations Act
Included in the massive Consolidated Appropriations Act are amendments to certain tax provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The law also clarifies the tax treatment of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness, extends certain deferred payroll taxes and expands the deduction for business meals, among other provisions.