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The Wine Institute and Reed Smith Team Up To Fight Illinois False Claims Act Overreach

On July 28, 2015, on behalf of the Wine Institute and its members, Reed Smith filed an action in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois against the Illinois Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) and the Illinois...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

Court Denies Stay and Revives FCA Claims Based on "Implied Certification" Theory

In a False Claims Act lawsuit against an armored car manufacturer, Judge Kiser recently denied a motion to stay the case, pending resolution of related criminal charges, and granted a motion for reconsideration, thus reviving...more

Court of Federal Claims Reaffirms VOSB/SDVOSB's Right to Due Process During Protests, Rejects VA's Interpretation of Revised...

Several months ago, we told you about Ambuild Company v. LLC v. U.S., a very important case pending before the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”). The AmBuild case was of particular interest to our firm because it concerned...more

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

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

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

Land Use, Zoning and Other Local Policies to Promote Economic Development - League of California Cities Webinar: New Tools for...

In This Presentation: • Public Agency Approach • Existing Local Authority • Public Private Partnerships • Redevelopment/Economic Development • Public Infrastructure - Excerpt from Public Agency...more

A “Stark” Result for South Carolina Hospital: Stark Law Violations May Cost Up to $357 Million in Penalties

After a four-week retrial, a federal jury concluded on May 8, 2013 that Tuomey Healthcare System (Tuomey) violated both the Stark Law and the False Claims Act (FCA). The jury determined that Tuomey violated the Stark Law by...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling in Barr Incorporated v. Town of Holliston

On May 3, 2012 the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued a decision that significantly impacts communities across the Commonwealth. In Barr Incorporated v. Town of Holliston, SJC-10899 (May 3, 2012)(slip opinion),...more

Two State citizens under the Constitution of the United States of America

There are two state citizens under the Constitution of the United States of America. One is at Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution. The other is at Section 1, Clause 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment. Legal...more

Yes there is a citizen of a State and a citizen of the United States

There is a citizen of the United States, and a citizen of a State who is not a citizen of the United States. Legal authority quoted, cited and linked....more

What is the dollar in the United States

A dollar in the United States is a Spanish Milled dollar coin, or its equivalent, in coin form, containing 371.25 grains of fine silver. Legal authority quoted, cited, and linked....more

Wardman v. District of Columbia, et al

DC Convention Center Hotel Case Opinion

Private developer sued the District of Columbia alleging that the City Council exceeded its legislative authority pursuant to the D.C. Home Rule Act in exempting a substantial public-private development project from the...more

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