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Federal Officer Jurisdiction Is Alive and Well: Ninth Circuit Affirms Jurisdiction for Navy Equipment Manufacturer

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' recent opinion in Leite v. Crane Co., 2014 WL 1646924 (9th Cir. April 25, 2014), affirmed a decision by the Hawaii Federal District Court denying a motion to remand after finding that a...more

Fees Associated With Foreclosure Process May Not be Imposed On Servicemembers Protected By The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act ("SCRA") prohibits nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings during, or one year after, a servicemember's military service. In Brewster v. Sun Trust Mortgage Inc., 742 F.3d 876 (9th Cir. 2014),...more

Financial Institutions and Creditors’ Rights: Ninth Circuit Finds SCRA Liability Based on Prior Servicer’s Actions

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) was signed into law in 2003, greatly expanding prior legislation in order to better assist servicemembers in avoiding default and foreclosure while they are on active duty. The...more

Court Approves USERRA Class Action Settlement Over Pension Contributions

A federal district court in Colorado recently approved a settlement agreement resolving class action claims brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). The documents filed in support...more

US Appeals Court Lights A Match On Issue Of Government Reimbursement For WWII Aviation Gasoline Waste Disposal

Two weeks ago the United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit re-opened the door to recovery of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA") cleanup costs under contractual provisions...more

Unsettled Questions Remain Under The SCRA

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protects active duty members of the military in civil actions, including foreclosures and collections. Section 533 of the Act applies to persons entering the military after incurring...more

Qui tam relators target – and gain access to – internal investigation on ground that attorney-client privilege does not apply

In Brief - A federal district court recently held that documents relating to a government contractor’s internal compliance investigations regarding fraud were not protected by the attorney-client privilege because...more

Trade Dress, Sovereign Immunity, World Politics and R.60 Collide - Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. v. Islamic Republic of Iran,

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the vacatur of final default judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) for alleged trade-dress infringement. The unanimous panel agreed with...more

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fraud: Using Wartime Powers to Extinguish Statutes of Limitations

Sun Tzu declared in The Art of War that "there is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare." Sun Tzu, however, did not consider the vast power that springs from US Congressional actions made during times of...more

Supreme Court Considers Review of Two False Claims Act Whistleblower Suits

The Supreme Court is considering whether to hear two whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), both on appeal from the Fourth Circuit. The Supreme Court has asked the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in before...more

Supreme Court Certiorari Denial Allows Circuit Split Regarding Retroactivity of the 2009 False Claims Act Amendments to Remain

On June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to review the Sixth Circuit’s November 2012 decision in United States ex rel. Sanders v. Allison Engine Co. This allows a significant circuit split over the retroactive...more

Employment Law -- Jul 30, 2013

In NYC It Pays To Be Sick - Beginning next year, employees in New York City will be entitled to paid sick leave pursuant to a new, somewhat complex statutory scheme. ...more

Thank You for Your Service: The Broad Protections Granted to Members of the U.S. Military Returning to the Civilian Workforce

Images of American flags and proud men and women in uniform were all around last month, as they are every Memorial Day. It is a good time to reflect on the military service of so many of our fellow citizens....more

Federal Court Cases May Have Some Healthcare Providers Asking for Peace, Not War

Last summer, a federal judge in Houston ruled that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA), found in Title 18, § 3287 of the U.S. Criminal Code, applied to a civil False Claims Act (FCA) case and suspended the...more

Memorial Day Weekend Edition: Century-Old Third Circuit Opinion On Warship Documents Shows Courts’ Historic Hostility Toward Trade...

This Memorial Day weekend, we would like to stop and honor the sacrifice that American servicemen and women have made, and take a brief look at an early case involving the military and trade secrets....more

Think the Government’s Claim Against You Is Time-Barred? Not So Fast!

When a company understands that the United States Government may have a claim against it, the company’s directors and officers are usually very aware of the applicable statute of limitations and the passage of time. When the...more

Mortgagee and Mortgagor Standing and the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Trustee v. Jodi B. Matt, No. 11101 (Jan. 14, 2013), recently clarified the issue of standing for both plaintiffs and defendants in actions under the...more

Fourth Circuit Applies the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act to False Claims Act Relators and Limits the FCA’s First-to-File...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co, et. al (No. 12-1011), recently vitiated two traditional defenses in actions under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). First, the...more

Fourth Circuit Holds FCA Statute Of Limitations Tolled By Wartime Suspension Of Limitations Act

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that the False Claims Act’s (FCA) statute of limitations can be tolled by the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) in civil qui tam actions in which the...more

Fourth Circuit Expands False Claims Act Statute-Of-Limitations Period

For the first time in the more than 50-year history of the statute, a federal appeals court has applied the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA), 18 U.S.C. § 3287, to a civil False Claims Act (FCA) case. A World War...more

The Fourth Circuit Suspends Statutes Of Limitations On False Claims Act Claims During Times Of War And Holds That The “First To...

In United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co., No. 12-1011 (4th Cir. Mar. 18, 2013), the Fourth Circuit held that the statute of limitations for False Claims Act claims is suspended during times of war. The court also...more

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Provisions Affecting Banking Institutions

According to December 2012 data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Gulf War Era veterans, hovering around eight percent, remains higher than the national rate. Over the last decade, more...more

Federal Court Holds Litigation Privilege Bars SCRA Claim Based On Inaccurate Military Affidavit

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California barred a claim for violation of Section 521 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by holding that California’s litigation privilege applies to...more

Where to File a GSA Schedule Contract Dispute Claim

You are a GSA schedule contractor. You receive an order from an agency and during the course of performance get into a dispute over some of the terms of the contract as well as the price. You intend to file a claim under...more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Holds Standing In Servicemember Proceeding Requires Evidence Of Mortgagee Status

On January 14, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reversed a Land Court decision and held that a trustee lacked standing to bring a servicemember proceeding because the trustee was not the clear holder of either...more

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