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"DC Circuit Unanimously Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban"

On July 7, 2015, the federal circuit court for the District of Columbia sitting en banc issued a unanimous opinion upholding the federal contractor contribution ban against a constitutional challenge in the long-running case...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds 44-Year-Old Ban: The answer is still “no” for individual federal contractors wishing to contribute to federal...

On July 7, 2015, in Wagner v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the ban on individual federal contractor contributions to federal candidates and political...more

Indemnification May Not Be Available in Contracts with the State

Government contracts with the State of Ohio provide a number of potential opportunities for service contractors, but many contractors may be surprised to learn that the State will not agree to enter into any contract that...more

New York Court Strikes Down Regulations Limiting Executive Compensation and Administrative Expenses

A New York court has held that the State’s regulatory limits on executive compensation and administrative expenses for entities that receive state funds unconstitutionally exceed proper regulatory authority. The regulations,...more

Supreme Court Rewrites the Rules for Individual Campaign Contributions: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered the McCutcheon decision, addressing the facial validity of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (the “BCRA”). This case involved a...more

Virginia Court Declares PPP Toll Financing Arrangement Unconstitutional

In many ways, the state of Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA), which allows new, innovative methods of financing from private sources to supplement state funding and public debt financing, has been a model...more

Harrisburg, PA files for Bankruptcy

Harrisburg, PA files for Bankruptcy Pennsylvania’s capital city Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday October 12, 2011. Municipal bankruptcy filings are not common. These cases are filed under Chapter 9...more

Are bankruptcy filings increasing or decreasing?

Are bankruptcy filings increasing or decreasing? This is a common question I receive. Are more people filing bankruptcy now or has it slowed down? The number of cases filed each month isn’t a secret. The courts...more

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