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Afternoon Briefs: Student loan deferment in stimulus bill; BigLaw lawyer removed from ventilator

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Federal stimulus package extends student loan payment deferments for 6 months

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, borrowers can now suspend federal student loan payments until Sept. 30 with 0% interest. The federal stimulus package news follows a March 20 announcement from the U.S. Department of Education that it would suspend federal student loan payments for 60 days with 0% interest. Also, the CARES Act’s deferment on student loan payments includes borrowers in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which allows individuals with certain jobs to receive student loan discharge if they make on-time payments for 10 years. (MarketWatch)

BigLaw lawyer with COVID-19 is removed from ventilator

A partner with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Louisiana was removed from a ventilator Friday. Mark Frilot, 45, had spent 12 days on the ventilator during his hospitalization for pneumonia caused by COVID-19. Frilot’s wife, Heaven Frilot, said she spoke with her husband via FaceTime. “I’m overjoyed,” she told (, the New York Times)

Lawyer from DC mayor’s office dies from COVID-19

Lawyer George Valentine, 66, the deputy director for the Washington, D.C., mayor’s office of legal counsel, died Friday from COVID-19. A Harvard Law School graduate, Valentine was remembered for his generosity, intellect and mentorship. (The Washington Post, Law360)

Lawyer sues New York governor over ban on large gatherings

Brooklyn lawyer Lee Nigen has sued New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his ban on large gatherings. Nigen says the governor’s directives violate his rights to free speech and to observe his Jewish faith. (The New York Post)

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