Strip Clubs' Bid For 2nd PPP Loans Hits Setback At 7th Circ.

By Jon Hill (September 16, 2021, 10:23 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit dealt a blow Wednesday to a group of strip clubs that sued the federal government for access to the Paycheck Protection Program's second round of relief, staying a lower-court order that had opened the door to eligibility.

More than four dozen strip club operators persuaded a Wisconsin federal judge last month to issue a preliminary injunction that directed the U.S. Small Business Administration to not refuse their applications for additional PPP funding on the basis of their status as adult entertainment businesses.

But in a 15-page decision, a three-judge panel said Wednesday that the government's exclusion of strip...

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