NRTA member company Crowell & Moring is continuing its efforts to keep clients informed about the most significant developments stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are this week’s webinars, which focus on issues that are immediate in terms of their impact, as well as issues that are just around the corner. Their focus is helping clients to anticipate issues, take proactive steps, develop appropriate responses, and execute sound legal, business and operational plans.

Title: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Downstream Risk: What Companies Should Do Now to Protect Themselves Against Government Investigations and Enforcement Later

Date: Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Time: 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour

The scale of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response through the CARES Act presents multiple investigation and compliance risks for companies responding to the constantly evolving crisis.  Please join us for a wide ranging discussion of what companies can do now to prepare for and mitigate that risk, whether related to their workforce and domestic operations, network infrastructure and online presence, increased corruption risk in international operations, or acceptance of federal assistance under the CARES Act.

Speakers: Thomas A. Hanusik, David Robbins, Paul Rosen, Tiffany Wynn, Gail Zirkelbach


Title: Paycheck Protection Program Essentials: Current Tripwires, Guidance, and Lessons Learned in the Sprint to Apply for Loans

Date: Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Time: 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour

On Tuesday, April 5, 2020 at 3 p.m. Eastern, Ken Dodds of Live Oak Bank, a leading SBA lender, will join Crowell & Moring attorneys and policy advisors in a webinar addressing the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Just over a week after the creation of this lifeline small business loan platform, the webinar will address updates to program eligibility, the current SBA Form 2483 borrower application, and loan calculations and forgiveness based on the SBA’s interim final rules and guidance that have been issued in the past week.  The webinar will also provide insight into the lender perspective following the opening of the application period on April 3, 2020.  Learn what to expect, what we’ve seen, and what are particularly challenging aspects of determining eligibility or navigating access to the loans.

Speakers: Kenneth Dodds, Amy Laderberg O’Sullivan, Paul J. Pollock, Jeffrey Selman, W. Scott Douglas, Olivia Lynch


Title: Managing Environmental Compliance and Exposure to Liability During the Coronavirus Crisis

Date: Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Time: 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour

As regulated industries continue to confront mounting disruptions and, in some cases, temporary shutdown as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they face the added challenge of managing a range of unrelenting environmental compliance obligations at both the federal and state levels.

During this webinar, members of Crowell & Moring’s Environmental & Natural Resources group will provide a practical assessment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s temporary policy announced last week, COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program, the comparative approaches being adopted by states across the country, and emerging best practices for strategic risk management during this most challenging of times.

Speakers: Kirsten L. Nathanson, Peter Gray, David Chung, Robert “Bob” Meyers, Byron R. Brown, Paul Freeman


Title: Business Disruption in a Pandemic Part II: Practical Issues You Have to Consider After Receiving or Giving Notice, During the Disruption, and Once It Ends?

Date: Thursday, April 09, 2020

Time: 04:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour

In last week’s webinar, we discussed the steps you should consider in evaluating the efficacy of force majeure clauses in your commercial contracts. Join us this week as we look at the issues now that you have more information to position yourself for successful outcomes such as suspending performance, an effective communication cadence and negotiating modified business relationships with counterparties.

Speakers: Bryan Brewer, John L. Murino, Emily Alban