Litigation Support

NJEDA Update: Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – Phase 2 Info Now Available

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently announced $50 million in new funding and broader eligibility criteria for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Under the newly-expanded program, which will provide grants up to $10,000 for COVID-impacted businesses, a wider variety of businesses will now be eligible, including home-based businesses and sole proprietorships.…

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New PPP Guidance from the SBA Regarding Good Faith Need Certification

On May 13, the SBA released new guidance regarding the required good faith certification of need by PPP loan applicants, providing safe harbor to all recipients of less than $2 million in loan proceeds.  This guidance also speaks to ramifications for borrowers with loans of more than $2 million that are determined to have lacked…

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Managing Director Frank Pina Co-Authors Article for Fraud Magazine

Managing Director Frank Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, Co-Chair of Mercadien’s Forensic & Litigation Support Group, authored an article on Drexel University’s Fraud & Internal Control Case Competition with Barbara Murray Grein, CPA, Associate Professor & Head of the Accounting Department at Drexel University, for the May/June issue of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners…

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Preventing Business Exploitation In A State Of Vulnerability

As the days go by, business owners and individuals are receiving volumes of information on how to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Channels of communication include news media outlets, advertisements, telephone calls, emails and text messages. A worldwide pandemic mixed with an ounce of fear and vulnerability gives fraudsters a recipe for exploitation. Given the amount…

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Your Estate Documents Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

OK so, a couple weeks of quarantine down, you’ve caught up on all the shows/movies you’ve been wanting to see, cleaned out that junk drawer, read a book, now you’re bored – and from everything we’re hearing all or most of April will be seen from inside our homes as well. I bet you haven’t…

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Paycheck Protection Program Application Processing and Other Back Office Assistance

SBA approved lenders, we know supporting your communities is your priority and supporting you is ours!  Are you a financial institution looking to assist borrowers with obtaining relief funds available through the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)? The Mercadien team stands ready to help our bank clients move quickly to ease the friction and administrative…

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Business Interruption Claims Assistance – How We Can Help

Organizations are experiencing disruption like never before as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding what insurance will cover, what assistance is available and how to recover losses from an unprecedented event like this. As a business owner or executive, you may be asking yourself: What is my…

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The Interim Final Rule from the SBA

Many of you have reached out to us over the last few days in connection with determining the CARES ACT loans and other options available to you and your business.  In reference to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), there has been a lack of clear guidance about payroll costs eligible towards calculating your loan amount…

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Navigating Through Business Interruption

Business owners in our region have proven to be resilient over the years, especially when disaster strikes or other challenging circumstances arise.  Some business owners obtain business income insurance coverage to protect against temporary or even permanent interruptions in their operations due to unforeseen events such as natural disasters, floods, fires, etc. Business income coverage…

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Force Majeure Considerations Relating to COVID-19

While business owners attempt to find creative ways to protect their assets and operate during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one term that keeps creeping into conversation as it relates to contracts and leases is force majeure. Force majeure is a French phrase meaning a superior force. Sometimes referred to as an “act of God,” force…

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