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    Paycheck Protection Program: SBA Releases New PPP Loan Guidance

    June 16, 2020
    Last week the U.S. Small Business Administration released revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program – First Interim Final Rule in response to the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act), H.R. 7010.
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  • Jamie Huffman Jones

    Jamie Jones

    Jamie Huffman Jones Awarded a Golden Gavel by the Ark Bar Association

    June 12, 2020
    On Thursday, June 11, 2020, the Arkansas Bar Association awarded Jamie Huffman Jones a Golden Gavel Award for her work as Co-Chair of the Jurisprudence and the Law Reform Committee. The Committee is responsible, amongst other things, for researching and recommending a legislative package to the Association. This marks her third award from the Bar Association, having been honored with a Golden Gavel in 2019 for her work as Chair of the Mid-Year Meeting and with a Presidential Award of Excellence in 2017 for her work on an Association task force.
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  • Michael McCarty Harrison

    Michael McCarty Harrison

    Extent And Applicability Of Uninsured And Underinsured Motorist Coverage In Arkansas

    June 5, 2020
    Many Arkansas attorneys have an active bodily injury practice. Often, their clients’ claims arise as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Though Arkansas requires all vehicles operating on its public roadways to carry liability coverage of a minimum limit, not all vehicle owners do so, for a variety of reasons. Further, even if the tortfeasor has liability coverage, his or her liability policy limits may not be sufficient to satisfy all damages incurred by the injured party. Or, though the tortfeasor has a liability policy, there may be coverage exclusions applicable, such that the tortfeasor’s liability carrier denies coverage. In instances such as these, coverage may be available under the injured party’s own liability policy, assuming he or she carries uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
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    Paycheck Protection Program: Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

    June 4, 2020
    On June 6, the Senate approved the version of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act) as adopted by the House of Representatives last week. The Flexibility Act provides additional flexibility to borrowers in using PPP loan proceeds and qualifying for forgiveness. The bill is now on its way to President Donald Trump for his signature.
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  • Jeremiah D. Wood

    Jeremiah D. Wood

    New Electronic Disclosure Method For Retirement Plans Approved by DOL

    June 3, 2020
    The Department of Labor (DOL) recently approved a safe harbor method for retirement plan administrators to use electronic media, as a default, to furnish information to participants and beneficiaries of plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This new safe harbor method (New Electronic Disclosure Method) has very specific requirements that plan administrators must follow in order to provide participants and beneficiaries with electronic ERISA disclosures. The New Electronic Disclosure Method is in addition to the prior electronic disclosure option established by the DOL in 2002, but it generally allows electronic disclosure to more individuals.
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  • Attorney & Firm News

    Attorneys Elected To Arkansas Bar's Board of Trustees

    June 2, 2020
    Attorneys Jamie Huffman Jones and Michael McCarty Harrison have been elected to the Arkansas Bar Association’s inaugural Board of Trustees. The board, which consists of 20 attorneys, will officially take office next week during the Arkansas Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.
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    Robert T. Smith

    House Passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

    June 1, 2020
    On May 28, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act) by a vote of 417 to 1. The Act provides additional flexibility to borrowers in using PPP loan proceeds and qualifying for forgiveness. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation later this week although a competing bill is also pending in the Senate.
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