Update on the Aftermath of the RRF Lawsuits: Payments, Standstills, and Despair

June 22, 2021

Restaurant Relief Fund

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The three lawsuits that challenged the legality of prioritization groups, initially created by the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, on the basis of discrimination have been awarded over $930,000. 

The approval of funds for 3,000 priority applicants were promptly rescinded in the aftermath of the lawsuits and now these businesses are forced to wait until the program goes through every single application for non-priority applicants before it can return to issuing payments. The caveat: this can only take place if funds are not yet exhausted, which they were within 3 weeks of the program’s operation. 

This is why the industry has been begging lawmakers to vote on replenishing the fund with $60 billion; we now await the scheduling of said vote. 

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