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Presidential Decree on Construction and Infrastructure Projects in Azerbaijan

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan has approved a Law On the Implementation of Special Financing for Investment Projects in Connection with Construction and Infrastructure Facilities, dated 15 March 2016. In...more

Illinois Governor Initiates Fight Against Health Care Fraud Amid Growing Deficit

As Illinois' finances continue to deteriorate and the budget crisis remains unsolved, the Rauner administration recently announced an initiative to focus on identifying and recouping health care fraud in Illinois. On April 5,...more

TN Republican Party Challenges MA Pay-to-Play Rules

On April 12, the Tennessee Republican Party filed a petition in the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to invalidate the SEC’s approval of new rules extending the MSRB’s long-standing “pay-to-play” prohibitions to new...more

DOJ Settles with New Jersey Mortgage Lender Over False Claims Act Violations

On April 15, the DOJ announced a $113 million settlement with a New Jersey-based mortgage company to resolve allegations that the mortgage lender violated the False Claims Act. According to the DOJ, the mortgage company –...more

Will the DOJ Kill FHA Loans Through Their Use of the False Claims Act?

The purpose of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is "to help creditworthy low income and first time homebuyers, individuals and families often denied traditional credit, to obtain a mortgage and purchase a home." This...more

"SEC Extends Comment Period on Proposed FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule "

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an order instituting proceedings (the Order) intended to determine whether to approve or disapprove Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)...more

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues annual report

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its third annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in 2015. The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies,...more

Why the SBA doesn’t like your joint trust: A common estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government...

It is common for business owners to have different attorneys for their estate planning needs and their business law needs – sometimes, the two attorneys don’t even work for the same law firm. This article will review the...more

Avoiding Lost Sales Under Federal Grants and Loans

No business wants to voluntarily lose thousands, perhaps even millions of dollars in sales without a good reason. And yet, that is what many business unintentionally do, particularly businesses that sell to entities funding...more

Davis-Bacon Act Not Applicable to D.C. Public-Private Partnerships

In a sharp rebuke to the Obama Administration's Department of Labor (DOL), a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that the Davis-Bacon Act does not require payment of...more

Miami-Dade County Takes P3 Reform Further After Florida Passes New P3 Legislation

After months in several Florida House and Senate committees, the State Legislature finally passed two related bills that were both signed by the Governor at the end of April. Importantly, the first bill, SB 124, establishes...more

In the Global Trenches: Brazil’s Business Culture & Getting Things Done

Brazil is once again at the forefront of news. Ongoing corruption scandals plague the highest echelons of leadership. Impeachment hearings threaten the stability of the largest economy in South America....more

Why less means more for PPPs & data – Keys to collecting the right information in Canada

PPP projects have the potential to generate huge amounts of data. In the context of a tolled highway project, for instance, a PPP contract may require the private operator to collect, in real time, information regarding...more

U.S. P3 Market is Ripe for Growth

With an aging infrastructure and government budgetary shortfalls, the public private partnership (“P3”) has evolved from novel, to an ever more viable option in order to finance civic projects. The larger and more complex the...more

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Update: HB 15-1348 Technical Corrections Bill Introduced

Last year’s HB 15-1348 created consternation among the lending community—and thus, in the private sector developer community—due to the uncertainty of whether and how the legislation could affect urban renewal plans and...more

President’s Trip to Cuba Accompanied by Expanded Treasury and Commerce Regulations

On March 20, President Obama arrived in Cuba for an historic visit, marking a significant step in the Obama Administration’s efforts to normalize relations, a process that began in December 2014. The Administration has stated...more

IREG Update - Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services take action to change the...

Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services take action to change the risk adjustment methodology - In February, we wrote about the controversial effect of the federal risk...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $2.3 Billion FCA Case Due to Prior Public Disclosure

Last week, in U.S. ex rel. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) v. U.S. Bank, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) suit against U.S. Bank because the conduct alleged by the qui tam...more

CFIUS Annual Report Shows Items of Interest for Government Contractors

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) recently issued its Annual Report to Congress regarding transactions that they reviewed during 2014. Below are highlights of trends and issues gleaned from...more

U.S. Offshore Wind Seeks Critical Mass

Last week’s U.S. Offshore Wind Leadership Conference in Boston had the vibe of a technology sector ready to break out. Industry leaders, federal officials, and a panel of Massachusetts legislators extolled the economic...more

A “FAIR” Chance for Infrastructure P3s in Obama Administration’s Final Budget Request - President Unveils Financing America’s...

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama acknowledged that “because it’s an election season, expectations for what we will achieve this year are low.” However, the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget...more

Ninth Circuit holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not officers, employees, or agents of the United States under 31 U.S.C. §...

On February 22, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an FCA claim brought by relators alleging that various lenders and loan servicers made false certifications to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, concluding that claims...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Whistleblower Argument that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Federal Instrumentalities under the False Claims...

Liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) is premised on the submission of a claim for money or property either to a federal government “officer, employee, or agent” or, under certain circumstances, to a nongovernmental...more

DoD Seeks Public Comments Before Issuing a Proposed Rule on IR&D Costs

The Department of Defense intends to issue a proposed rule to ensure that substantial future independent research and development (“IR&D” or “IRAD”) expenses, which can be used as a means to reduce bid prices in competitive...more

MSRB Rule G-20: Recent Amendments Become Effective on May 6, 2016

On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) to MSRB Rule G-20 regarding gifts, gratuities and non-cash compensation. The...more

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