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Can You Discriminate Against a Company's Race? Fourth Circuit Says Yes, Grants Standing to Sue for Racial Discrimination

Owners, contractors and other recipients of federal funds be aware: when construction or other federally-funded contracts sour, not only can contracting parties file lawsuits claiming breach of contract, but if the...more

Court Ruling Confirms that SDVOSB Contractors Possess Procedural Due Process Rights Against Adverse Eligibility Determinations

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affair's ("VA") Center for Veterans Enterprise (“CVE”) has a tough and sometimes thankless job. Its role is to serve as a “gatekeeper” for VA contracting programs for service-disabled,...more

Court of Federal Claims Affirms Due Process Rights for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

The United States Court of Federal Claims recently issued an important decision affirming the due process rights of Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (“SDVOSBs”). The case, AmBuild Company, LLC v. United States...more

The Ninth Circuit Provides Clarity on ERA Whistleblower Protections.

On November 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued its ruling in Tamosaitis v. URS Inc. and provided clarity on three key aspects of the whistleblower protections afforded under the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA), 42 U.S.C. 5801...more

D.C. Circuit: USAID Worker Jailed in Cuba Can’t Recover Damages from the Government

On November 14, 2014, in Alan Gross and Judith Gross v. U.S.A., a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously held that a humanitarian aid worker, who sub-contracted with the...more

DC Circuit Dismisses Appeal By Three Hospitals Challenging Subcontractor Status

On November 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed as moot an appeal by three hospitals affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The hospitals had challenged...more

Texas Supreme Court Argument Preview (10/14)

No. 13-0199, Steadfast Financial LLC v. Bradshaw - This is an oil & gas royalty dispute in which a non-participating royalty owner sued the owner of the executive right for failure to obtain a higher royalty interest in a new...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Debunking Bunk: Fourth Circuit Leaves Unresolved “Excessive” Penalties Under the False Claims Act

On December 19, 2013, in a highly anticipated decision, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit awarded $24 million in civil penalties under the False Claims Act (FCA), despite the fact that the whistleblower prosecuting...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC35632- U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Foote - Second time is the charm. Defendant succeeded in getting plaintiff’s foreclosure action dismissed for lack of standing due to the inability of the witnesses to establish that the...more

DOL Defends Posting Requirements Against Challenge From Contractors

This week the Department of Labor (DOL) defended its rule requiring federal contractors to post notices informing employees of their right to unionize. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Virginia...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

Minnesota Court of Appeals Applies Common Law Procurement Principles to Best Value Contracting

In April 2014, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a published decision clarifying certain aspects of state procurement law. In Rochester City Lines, et al., v. City of Rochester, et al., No. A13-1477, the Court held 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

Governor Renews Drought Declaration And Orders Contract Provisions Voided

Soon after entering government service, California was hit by the Northridge Earthquake. As General Counsel to the Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, I received a call directing that I prepare draft executive orders...more

Michigan Affirmative Action Ban Upheld By U.S. Supreme Court

Michigan’s affirmative action ban, a Constitutional amendment enacted through referendum during the 2006 election cycle, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The decision means that public entities, including...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Affirmative Action In Public Universities Again

On April 22, 2014, in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action et al. (No. 12–682), the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan law that bans public colleges and universities, community colleges and school districts from...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

Supreme Court Holds That Arbitrators, Not Courts, Are To Interpret A Treaty’s Arbitration Prerequisite

The United States Supreme Court has held that arbitrators, not courts, bear the primary responsibility for interpreting and applying a local litigation requirement of an investment treaty between the United Kingdom and...more

Charter Cities Challenge Legislation Restricting Access to State Funding Based on Compliance with Prevailing Wage Law

Cities Sue State Calling SB 7 an Unconstitutional Restriction on Municipal Affairs - Several California charter cities challenged the constitutionality of Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) last week by filing a writ of mandate and...more

Labor And Employment Law 2013: A Year-End Review

I. New Laws and Regulations - A. Federal - Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Federal Agencies Extend Definition of “Spouse” to Persons in Same-Sex Marriages. In United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675...more

Controversial Baltimore City Local Hiring Ordinance is Enacted

A controversial new law is set to take effect soon. Legislation was introduced in the Baltimore City Council that requires employers benefitted by city contracts and subsidies to take measures to hire Baltimore City...more

Asserting a Tribal Sovereign Immunity Defense, Even Where the Tribe has Contractually Waived its Immunity

The doctrine of sovereign immunity acts as a powerful protection for any sovereign entity. By prohibiting the courts from adjudicating whether or not the sovereign party breached a contract, committed a tort, or otherwise...more

Recent Appellate Court Opinion Discusses Legal Challenges To The Debarment Of Contractors By Public Bodies

Public bodies must adhere to the principles of procedural due process when debarring a contractor from bidding on its projects. But even when a public body provides due process, it may be subject to litigation....more

Construction E-Note - October 2, 2013

In This Issue: - Burr Appellate Victory Featured in Constructor Magazine - Fifth Circuit Expected to Soon Rule on Constitutionality of Mississippi’s Stop Notice Statute - No Choice in the Matter - Government...more

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