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Competition Commission of India Conducts First-Ever Raid

Earlier this week, India’s competition regulator-the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”)-raided two offices of JCB India Limited (“JCB”), a UK-based manufacturer of construction equipment. This raid marks the first time...more

Notes From The 2114 Securities Law Conference

Courtesy of Professor Emmett Brown, I recently attended the 2114 Securities Law Conference and I must say that I was heartened by what I heard there and then. Here are some of my notes from the conference...more

UK Bribery: Construction in the Cross-Hairs

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has made clear that its anti-bribery investigations are focussed on two industries in particular: construction and energy. Construction firms especially are under-prepared for the risks which...more

Renting Your California Contractor’s License. Probably Not Such a Good Idea

For those of you who are licensed contractors in California, or if you’re thinking about getting a contractor’s license in California, you know that you need a “qualifying individual” in order to maintain or obtain a license....more

Architects & Engineers – Are you committing a Class 2 misdemeanor without realizing it? (Tue Tip; law note)

Buried within the general contractor provisions of the North Carolina General Statutes is a little-known provision that can get architects and engineers in hot water. If you recommend to a project owner anyone who is not...more

Construction OberView: "Objection, Privilege": Protecting the Attorney-Client Relationship amidst the Shifting Sands of False...

“Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.” – Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. With the Government’s prosecution of False Claims Act (“FCA”) and Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”) violations on the...more

Sometimes Construction Can Turn Criminal

Christopher G. Hill, LEED AP and Virginia construction attorney discusses the potential criminal liability of a contractor that takes a construction deposit and fails to use it toward construction. Contractors and...more

Federal Court Limits Retroactive Application of FCA Amendments

Congress recently expanded contractors’ liability under the civil False Claims Act (FCA). The substantive changes include eliminating the presentment requirement, adding liability for claims seeking non-United States funds,...more

Render Unto Caesar What Is Caesar's ... Or Else: The Expansion of False Claims Act Liability to the Retention of Overpayments

On May 29, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 ("FERA").[1] FERA implements a number of sweeping changes to the False Claims Act ("FCA"), including a provision that expands...more

FAR Rules for Stimulus Funded Contracts: Alert 2 - Enhanced Whistleblower Protections

In our May 5, 2009, Alert, we addressed the recent issuance of five Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR") Counsel interim rules1 that are required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("ARRA" or "Stimulus...more

Proposal Would Make Business Ethics Rules Mandatory for Companies

The federal government has recently proposed a rule that, if it becomes final, will impose additional compliance obligations on most companies doing business with the federal government. On November 14, 2007, the Civilian...more

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