Food and Beverage Industry

COVID-19 Waivers: Can They Reduce Your Business Risk?

By: Lisa Kleiner Wood and Ethan C. Geis As states begin to reopen and loosen restrictions on public gatherings and business closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, business managers, event coordinators, and property owners are seeking to get back to a semblance of normalcy. However, at least in the near term, it appears that business will not be business-as-usual. Social distancing,...

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SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions: Lays Out Calculation Process and Clarifies Some Open Questions

SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions: Lays Out Calculation Process and Clarifies Some Open Questions

On May 15, 2020, the SBA and the Treasury Department released the long-awaited Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and detailed instructions. They also announced that additional regulations and guidance would soon issue to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to assist lenders with their responsibilities. The SBA explained that the...

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Safer At Home Overruled – Is It Business As Usual?

By: Kathy L. Nusslock Part I of Our Business Liability Series on Returning to Work On May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled the Secretary-designee of the Department of Health Services (DHS) failed to follow emergency rule procedures and exceeded her authority when she issued Emergency Order #28, ordering everyone to stay home, closing all "non-essential" businesses, prohibiting private...

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Wisconsin’s New Safer At Home Order Alters Restrictions on Businesses

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel On April 16, 2020, Governor Evers and the Department of Health Services issued an extension to the Safer At Home Order. Emergency Order #28 will begin on April 24, 2020, and will continue until May 26, 2020, at 8 a.m., unless altered. The extended Order provides new restrictions on the number of individuals allowed in retail stores at any point in time....

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Old Fashioned to Go? Alcohol Beverages May Be Ordered on a Carry-Out Basis During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Brian C. Randall and Danielle S. Fadel On March 17, 2020, Governor Evers issued Emergency Order #5 to restrict mass gatherings of 10 or more people (as described in this article New Limits on Gatherings and Private Businesses in Wisconsin), which included a mandate that restaurants only offer take-out or delivery services as no in person seating would be permitted. Subsequently, on March 24,...

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New Limits on Gatherings and Private Businesses in Wisconsin

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel Executive Order #5 This afternoon, Governor Evers and Secretary Palm of the Department of Health Services issued Emergency Order #5 (“EO #5”) in a further attempt to restrict the spread of COVID-19.  EO #5 restricts mass gatherings of 10 or more people and will substantially impact businesses of all sorts across the State of Wisconsin. “Mass gathering”...

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Impact of COVID-19 on Supply Chain Contracts and Responding to Force Majeure Claims

By: Alexander T. Kay and Joseph E. Tierney IV Has COVID-19, the coronavirus, caused supply chain problems for your business?  Review your contracts for a “force majeure” clause.  A force majeure clause is a common provision in contracts.  It is a contractual provision allocating the risk of loss if performance becomes impossible or impracticable, especially as a result of an event that the...

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