No More Than 10 Can Attend: Texas Executive Order Effectively Halts Public Foreclosure Sales

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a swift and large-scale shift in the way real property transactions take place from “business as usual” to a state of limbo in most of the 50 states. In Texas, commercial real estate lenders and creditors have recently found themselves to be no exception when it comes to carrying out foreclosure sales. Executive Order GA-28 is changing, if not outright preventing, a valid foreclosure sale from taking place in Texas—at least for the time being.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

Economic Programs Available to Texas Workers and Businesses in the COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state and local governments, through both legislative and executive means, have enacted or ordered a broad array of financial measures to mitigate the adverse economic effects experienced by businesses and nonprofit entities.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, which will identify and explain the economic programs established by both the federal government and state of Texas to help ease the financial effects of COVID-19, please visit the firm website.

Update to Various State Construction Closure Orders Related to COVID-19

This list is current as of April 14, 2020 (4:00 p.m. EST) and is and Update to an earlier Alert we posted on April 3rd. Please note that these closure orders are changing almost daily so please make sure you are checking the applicable state in question when considering a closure question.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

No State-Wide Shut-Down (Yet) in Texas, But Various Cities/Counties Issue “Stay Home” Orders

By Tracy L. McCreight

As of March 24, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had not ordered a statewide shelter-in-place order.  However, numerous Texas cities (or their related county governments) such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso and close-in suburbs have issued “Stay Home – Work Safe” or “Stay Home – Stay Safe” orders.  The orders command citizens of those particular jurisdictions to stay in their residences and state that they may leave only for essential activities, or to provide or perform essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses.  Each of the orders is continued to various dates in April or until further notice.

Essential businesses typical include (but are not limited to) essential healthcare operations, essential governmental functions, essential critical infrastructure, essential retail such as grocery stores and pharmacies, food cultivation, financial institutions, mail and delivery services, hardware and supply stores, funeral services, providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations, news media, and child care, among others.  Critical infrastructure may include construction, depending on the purpose.   

On March 25, 2020, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts for COVID-19.