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A Husband’s “Illusory” Control: Recent SBA Decision Clarifies Role of Spouse in EDWOSBs

Since inception of the WOSB Program, the SBA has been sensitive to the involvement of husbands in WOSBs and EDWOSBs. To combat the risk of a husband (or another man) running a WOSB or EDWOSB, the regulations require that the...more

Court Broadens Confidentiality of Investigations - D.C. Circuit extends privilege in internal corporate probes, but inconsistent...

You are counsel to a government contractor that is conducting an internal investigation into possible fraud. Federal mandatory disclosure obligations require an investigation, as does the need to gather facts to seek legal...more

First Circuit Rejects Talley and Allows a Business Expense Deduction for Settlement Payments Made Under the False Claims Act

On August 13, 2014, the United States Circuit Court for the First Circuit rejected the United States’ request to deny Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. from deducting a portion of a settlement payment to settle civil...more

Talk is Cheap – Promises to Pay Are a Poor Substitute for Adherence to Contractual Notice Provisions

A recent Wyoming case – JEM Contracting, Inc. v. Morrison – Maierle, Inc. – serves as a reminder to contractors and subcontractors of the importance of following the contractual requirements for notice when differing site...more

Civil War Era Is ‘Gone With The Wind’ Causing Companies To Question Need For FCA, Whistleblower Hotline Providers…

The Civil War era is my favorite part of American history. Every summer, my father would take my sister and me on “educational” vacations and when I was nine we went to Gettysburg. I’m not altogether sure if it’s the...more

Eleventh Circuit Reverses Coverage Ruling Under Reinsurance Agreement

Public Risk Management of Florida, an intergovernmental risk management association that functions as a primary insurer for certain government entities in Florida, ceded some of its risk to One Beacon under a reinsurance...more

Corruption, Regime Change & Risk

Recently, I have been reading and blogging on a number of different papers, guides and articles that deal with the challenges of foreign bribery and third party intermediaries. While each work has been interesting, compelling...more

New GST refund restrictions- Impact on procurement contracts

The GST Act has been amended to introduce new restrictions on Australian Taxation Office (ATO) refunds for GST overpayments. The amendments will primarily affect suppliers that inadvertently overpay GST and pass on the cost...more

Task Force on Governmentally-Mandated Standby Letters of Credit

Unfortunately, as bankers in West Virginia know, these forms are in several respects at odds with letter of credit law and practice. Thus the forms not only are problematic from the standpoint of issuers, but also, they may...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Claim Of Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege

A recent blog post addressed a noteworthy decision in United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co., No. 1:05-CV-1276, 2014 WL 1016784 (D.D.C. Mar. 6, 2014), which held that materials relating to an internal investigation...more

Attorney-Client Privilege Protection in Internal Investigations Upheld by D.C. Circuit: Good News for Corporate Counsel

In a much-anticipated decision, the D.C. Circuit clarified the general test for the applicability of the attorney-client privilege in internal investigations. In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., 14-5505, 2014 WL 2895939 (D.C....more

How to Form Teaming Agreements and Strategic Partnerships

In this presentation: - Teaming - Subcontracting - Joint Ventures - Q&A - Excerpt from Teaming: Once partners are selected, prepare and sign a Teaming Agreement: - What...more

'Tis the Season for Government Contracts: Five Key Compliance Issues for Retailers Selling to the Government

As retailers move closer to the end of the government fiscal year in September, ’tis the season for receiving government contracts. Federal agency budget authority for discretionary spending generally mandates that agencies...more

BLM Agrees to Complete Hydraulic Fracturing EIS for Leases in California

A recent agreement between environmentalists and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may open the floodgates to challenges of the sufficiency of Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for oil...more

DC Circuit Maintains Protections for Internal Investigations

Many of the privileges the law recognizes against the compelled disclosure of information exist in order to promote candor. For instance, attorney-client privilege exists because people must be able to remain open and honest...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter 2014

In this issue: - Avoiding Pitfalls with Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - What Is Enough Consideration of Small Business Interests? – GAO Denies Protests Against GSA Consolidation of Small...more

Aerospace & Defense Series: DOD Study Touts Competition Benefits in Military Purchases—Creates Implications for Future Antitrust...

It is a general tenet that competition serves customers well, enabling them to acquire better products at lower prices. Of course, this premise underlies the antitrust laws. In the aerospace and defense industry, the...more

D.C. Circuit Clarified 4 Critical Factors Regarding Attorney-Client Privilege in Corporate Internal Investigations, Finding...

In a recent post, we discussed the D.C. Circuit’s consideration of the District Court’s decision in U.S. ex.rel Barko v. Halliburton Co. et al., Case No. 05-01276 (D.D.C. 2014), which provided an alarming perspective on the...more

Appeals Court Confirms that Results of Internal Investigation are Privileged

On June 27, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision in In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., an important ruling which confirms the application of the attorney-client...more

Shelter from the Coming Storm: Anti-Corruption Compliance in European Public Procurement

A red sky at morning is the traditional harbinger of ill weather. From our vantage point in Brussels, we’ve scanned the horizon for signs of the future of anti-bribery enforcement activity in Europe. We’ve identified four...more

Preservation of Legal Privilege in Corporate Investigations – A Cross Border Comparison

A D.C. Circuit decision (In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.) has confirmed privilege over employee statements during in-house investigations. Can the world take comfort? This article examines privilege in the context of...more

Transparency and Human Trafficking: Is Your Company Prepared?

Companies increasingly face expectations that they will “know and show” that they are taking appropriate steps to manage the human rights impacts associated with their business activities. New transparency requirements on...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates Barko Ruling on Scope of Privilege in Internal Investigations

On June 27, 2014, the D.C. Circuit vacated the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s hotly-debated opinion in United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co., making it clear that internal investigation...more

A Recent D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Calms Employer Fears that Internal Investigations May Not Be Privileged and Lays...

A recent decision from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most important courts in the nation, reaffirmed that a company’s internal investigations—if structured properly—are protected from disclosure in litigation...more

D.C. Circuit grants petition for mandamus and strongly reaffirms attorney-client privilege for internal investigations

The attorney-client privilege has long protected attorney-client communications made during the course of an internal investigation. Upjohn Co. v. United States, 449 U.S. 383 (1983). Of course, the privilege encourages “full...more

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