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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

United States of America v. DHL Express (USA), Inc.

Decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit regarding false claims against the government by carrier DHL (02/05/2014).

In this significant decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit regarding false claims against the government by carrier DHL, the Second Circuit ruled that the 180-day transportation statute, cited in the earlier...more

Controversial New Law Conditions State Funding on Charter City Compliance With State Prevailing Wage Law for Locally Funded...

SB 7 Could Face Legal Challenges - A charter city’s right in California to exempt itself from the payment of state prevailing wages on locally funded public works projects was placed at risk by the passage of Senate...more

Taxation on Indian Reservations: To Balance or Not to Balance, That Is the Question

Introduction - The ability of the states to impose a tax upon transactions occurring on an Indian reservation has evolved substantially in the past 50 years. After numerous court decisions, the Indian preemption...more

Contractors Beware: Raising The Stakes In Davis-Bacon Compliance

A recent decision by a Pennsylvania district court lends support for a growing trend of filing claims under the Federal False Claims Act based on allegations that contractors on federally funded construction projects...more

First Circuit Deepens Circuit Split On Question Concerning the False Claims Act’s First-to-File Bar

On May 31, 2013, the First Circuit weighed in on a question concerning application of the False Claims Act’s first-to-file bar that has split the circuits. In United States ex rel. Heineman Guta v. Guidant Corp., et al.,...more

Second Circuit Reaffirms Preemptive Scope Of The Davis-Bacon Act

Last week the Second Circuit issued an opinion reaffirming that the Davis-Bacon Act preempts state law claims by workers to enforce prevailing wage rates as third-party beneficiaries to a contract....more

First Circuit Oral Argument Considers the Proper Standard Governing the False Claims Act’s “First-to-File” Rule

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently heard oral arguments in United States ex rel. Heineman-Guta v. Guidant Corp., et al. (12-1867). During oral argument, the panel considered, among other issues,...more

Sixth Circuit: FERA False Claims Act Amendment Applies Retroactively to Cases Pending as of June 7, 2008

On November 2, 2012, the Sixth Circuit held that a 2009 amendment Congress made to the liability provisions of the False Claims Act ("FCA") applies retroactively to civil FCA cases pending as of June 7, 2008. U.S. ex rel....more

California Assembly Votes to Amend State False Claims Act

On August 16, 2012, the California Assembly passed a bill (AB 2492) amending California’s False Claims Act, Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 12650-12656 (“CA FCA”), which must be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The amendments...more

Division Among Courts Intensifies Regarding False Claims Act's First-to-File Requirement

Last week, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts found that a relator’s complaint was barred by the False Claims Act’s (“FCA’s”) first-to-file requirement and dismissed relator’s complaint. United...more

Prevailing Wage Update: Charter City Public Works Projects Are Not Subject to Prevailing Wage Requirements

Charter cities are not required to comply with California’s prevailing wage law with respect to construction contracts for public buildings, according to a July 2, 2012, California Supreme Court decision. The underlying facts...more

Gewerberecht - Gewerberecht in Belgien

Sowohl die Handelstätigkeit, als auch das Handwerk sind in Belgien ausführlich gesetzlich geregelt. Dabei unterscheidet sich das Handwerk von der Handelstätigkeit insofern, als durch das Handwerk vornehmlich...more

Country's indebtedness as potential threats in doing business: The DR. CONGO, China and Vulture Funds

Protection against creditor litigation enables China to successfully compete for natural resources around the world and that route need to be followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo...more

Vergaberecht - Das Gebot der Transparenz im Rahmen von öffentlichen Vergabeverfahren

Der Belgische Staatsrat hat nach fast sechsjähriger Verfahrensdauer mit Beschluss vom 03.02.2011 eine bemerkenswerte Entscheidung im Zusammenhang mit der Bekanntgabe von Vergabekriterien innerhalb eines öffentlichen...more

A Selective analysis of the Development Areas Law in Jordan

This study has been made to determine whether the current Development Areas Law for the year 2007 is in a form that attracts investors to invest in the sustained development of the area of Ajlun. In this regard, there are...more

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