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Federal Circuit Decision Settles GAO/COFC Split on Agency’s Use of Cooperative Agreements

In March, the Federal Circuit settled a split between the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the Court of Federal Claims that focused on the gray area between cooperative agreements and procurement contracts. Siding...more

Cities and Counties Must Provide Report Before Approving Economic Development Subsidies to Businesses

New Law Applies to Subsidies of $100,000 or More - Gov. Brown last week signed into law AB 562, legislation that will require all cities and counties to provide a report to the public before approving any economic...more

2/3 Of DOJ’s Nearly $5 Billion Recovery Under False Claims Act Derived From Whistleblower Suits in 2012

On December 4, the Justice Department announced a record-breaking recovery of $4.9 billion in settlements and judgments in civil cases brought under the False Claims Act (FCA) for the fiscal year ending September 20, 2012....more

False Claims Recoveries in 2012 Hit Nearly $5 Billion

Companies face a lot of risks these days in this enforcement environment. With the reelection of President Obama, businesses need to plan for four more years of continuing enforcement risks. ...more

DOJ Touts Active Enforcement of the False Claims Act in FY 2012

In a briefing earlier this week, Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West proudly reported that in FY 2012 the Department of Justice (DOJ) set a new single year record of nearly $5 billion in settlements and judgments...more

Bank Argues Government’s False Claims Act Case Violates National Servicing Settlement

On November 1, one of the five banks that entered into a comprehensive mortgage servicing settlement earlier this year with the federal government and 49 state attorneys general invoked that agreement in defense of claims...more

Significant Changes to California's Mechanics Lien Law Coming July 1, 2012

Effective July 1, all of the existing statutes governing mechanics liens, stop notices and payment bonds in California will be repealed and replaced by updated statutes. In September 2010, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr....more

Prevailing Wage Update: Projects with Public Funding of Infrastructure May be Required to Pay Prevailing Wages

The Second District Court of Appeal rendered a potentially significant decision impacting private projects that obtain public funding for public infrastructure associated with the private project. In the case of Azusa Land...more

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