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Afternoon Briefs: Strip membership not eligible for PPP loans, courtroom says; lawyer pleads not responsible in financial institution embezzlement plot

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2nd Circuit says gents’s membership not eligible for PPP loans

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New York has dominated {that a} Buffalo-area gents’s membership in New York just isn’t eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program under an exclusion for companies providing “live performances of a prurient sexual nature.” Pharaohs GC Inc. had claimed that the exclusion amounted to content material discrimination in violation of its constitutional rights. (Law360)

Lawyer pleads not responsible in scheme to embezzle financial institution funds

Chicago lawyer Robert M. Kowalski has pleaded not responsible to accusations that he conspired with different defendants to embezzle no less than $31 million from a financial institution earlier than it closed. Kowalski, 58, is accused of receiving cash from the Washington Federal Bank for Savings in loans that have been by no means correctly documented or repaid. He was a pal of the financial institution president, who has since died. Kowalski is representing himself within the case. (Law360, the Chicago Sun-Times, the third superseding indictment)

Sanctions in opposition to environmental lawyer to be recalculated

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New York has ordered a courtroom to recalculate $4.1 million in sanctions imposed in opposition to a lawyer for violating an injunction after he was discovered to have fraudulently obtained a $9.5 billion judgment in opposition to Chevron in Ecuador. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York had ordered lawyer Steven Donziger to pay $3.43 million in attorney fees and $666,476 in sanctions for violating an injunction that barred him from cashing in on the Ecuador judgment or attempting to implement it within the United States. Kaplan mentioned Donziger had violated the injunction by promoting pursuits within the Ecuadorian judgment to 6 buyers. In its opinion Thursday, the appeals courtroom mentioned a later order by Kaplan had made the injunction unclear, and it wasn’t unreasonable for Donziger to suppose he may monetize the judgment. (Thomson Reuters Legal, Law360)

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