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How to Use the PPP and EIDL Together

June 22, 2020

Can your business obtain both the PPP loan AND the EIDL SBA loan and use them for separate items? Yes. However, it is tricky, complicated and confusing.

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Michigan Legislature OKs bills to help grow small breweries

June 20, 2020

The legislation should help grow small craft breweries by simplifying and streaming the liquor law.

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Penalty for violating Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus safety guidelines isn’t legal, court rules

June 9, 2020

The Court of Claims on June 4 deemed a portion of Whitmer’s June 5 order establishing coronavirus safety guidelines as a prerequisite to the opening of businesses "null and void.”

The Court ruled that the only penalty allowed by law is the 90 day / $100.00 fine. She cannot impose additional penalties such as those, addrrssed in this case, under MI-OSHA regulations.

The Court also ruled that "while the [MI-OSHA] penalty section of the executive order can’t be imposed, Murray said the unrelated portions remain enforceable and in tact."

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Michigan orders auto insurance refunds due to ‘extreme reductions in driving'

April 15, 2020

It's an interesting argument: can the governor by executive order modify insurance contracts? There's an argument that she cannot under the "Contracts Clause" of the U.S. Constitution. This will be an interesting one to watch. Clearly she believes that she can, via regulatory power through the Michigan Insurance Commissioner.

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Director Anita Fox has ordered all auto insurers in Michigan to issue refunds or premium waivers to consumers as a result of insurance companies’ reduced risk during the COVID-19 crisis.

Read more at mLive.com

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