Josh Escovedo Recognized as a Top Trademarks Author in JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA (April 29, 2020) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, Josh Escovedo has been named a top Trademarks author in the JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Readers’ Choice Awards recognize top authors read by C-suite executives, in-house counsel, media, and other professionals across the JD Supra platform during 2019.

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WT Deals: Steve Conrad Slated to Write Film for Paramount Pictures About Nigerian Refugee Chess Prodigy

Todd Stern’s client Steven Conrad has been engaged by Paramount Pictures to write and executive produce a film about a Nigerian family who fled their home country seeking asylum in New York and their 8 year-old son who won the New York State Chess Championship in 2019. Trevor Noah will produce the drama through his Day Zero Productions banner along with State Street Pictures’ George Tillman Jr. and Bob Teitel.

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Weintraub Attorney Jo Dale Carothers Named to San Diego Super Lawyers® 2020 List

SAN DIEGO, CA (April 10, 2020) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Jo Dale Carothers, Ph.D.  is a 2020 San Diego Super Lawyers honoree.

Jo Dale Carothers is a shareholder and chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Her practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation, licensing, contract disputes, and issues related to proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (UPSPTO) in all fields.

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Small Business Provisions of CARES Act

by Aman Badyal, Andrew D. McCarthy

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act).

There is no shortage of coverage and commentary on the CARES Act, so we are focusing here on provisions most likely to provide immediate cash flow to small and medium-sized businesses.

I. Lending Programs

a.       Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Loan Forgiveness.

The CARES Act creates the PPP which allows the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide $349,000,000 of federally backed loans to eligible businesses. 

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Expansion of Unemployment Benefits Through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

by Katie A. Collins
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

On March 27, 2020, the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Safety (CARES) Act was passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by President Trump as the largest emergency aid bill in history. The CARES Act significantly expands unemployment benefits and comes on the heels of 3.3 million Americans having applied for unemployment benefits last week. In California specifically, there were 186,809 claims for unemployment benefits to the Employment Development Department last week.

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Federal Stimulus in Response to COVID-19

by Andrew D. McCarthy

On Wednesday, March 25, the Senate and the White House reached a deal regarding a $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package.

The Senate plans to vote on the legislation on March 25.  Then the House will need to pass it before it goes to the President to sign it into law.  For the House to pass it quickly on Wednesday, the vote would need to happen by a voice vote without any objections from any member of the House,

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Business and Tax Relief in Response to COVID-19

by Andrew D. McCarthy

and Jim Clarke

As COVID-19 imposes challenges on our communities, Weintraub is tracking developments to help you deal with the pandemic’s business and legal implications.

I.                 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

A.                 Overview

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19 in presidential and SBA-declared disaster areas.  Borrowers can use the loans to cover accounts payable,

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COVID-19: Resources for California Employers (Updated 4/3/20)

by Meagan D. Bainbridge
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing employers to make unprecedented decisions about their workplace. In an effort to help employers as they make the difficult decisions they are currently facing, we have gathered guidance released by many of the federal and state agencies specifically related to COVID-19. We hope this page is useful resource. That being said, this is a rapidly changing area of law, and new guidance is being implemented on what seems like a daily basis.

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Commercial Eviction Moratoriums in California and Other Real Estate Issues Arising From the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Josh H. Escovedo

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on March 16, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order authorizing local governments to halt evictions, slow foreclosures, and protect against utility shutoffs. In response, numerous California municipalities have passed emergency orders enacting moratoriums on evictions. These orders vary from entity to entity, with some protecting only residential tenants, and others including commercial tenants. The orders also vary from entity to entity to the extent that some constitute a blanket moratorium,

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