Colorado law firm Godfrey Johnson asked a federal judge to halt the Small Business Administration from enforcing a provision of the U.S. CARES Act that would “cause an economic disaster.”

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, passed by Congress on March 27, is a $2 trillion stimulus package that, among other things, provides loans and economic relief to families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. On Friday, Godfrey Johnson filed an emergency ex parte motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent the SBA from enforcing an administrative rule that would exclude independent contractors as “payroll costs” in applying for small business loans under the “paycheck protection program” of the CARES Act.

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