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Jack Deschauer on Government Investigations
Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?
Colombia Battles U.S. Investors for $17 Billion Treasure
Suzanne Folsom and Ted Wright of ACADEMI
Kevin Kelly on Sequestration
Alan Chvotkin on Sequestration
Clark Ervin on National Security’s Business Impacts
Micah Green on U.S. Fiscal Policy
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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is taking shape. Three of the rules at the heart of the first change in food-safety enforcement since the 1930s were released in January, nearly a year late. Much of the buzz...more
I always like to make predictions at the beginning of each year. My track record is plus and minus – sometimes on target, sometimes off-target.
The biggest story in the last five years has been the rise of FCPA...more
In This Issue:
- DOE Accepting Comments On Liquid Natural Gas Export Study
- Positive Developments Improve The Business Case For Returning Manufacturing To The United States
- Stainless Steel Sinks Industry Sees...more
Many government entities across Europe deliver services through municipal or public-owned companies. Such entities are less common in the UK, although the issue is increasingly on the agenda, with a strong preference...more
Based on information provided by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and various year-end publications about the actions brought against employers for immigration violations in 2012, we have compiled a short list of...more
As many exporters know, the U.S. government conducts investigations under the so-called “Blue Lantern” program to monitor end-use compliance in defense trade exports. On October 23, 2012, the U.S. Department of State,...more
President Obama on October 9, 2012 issued the Executive Order required by Section 218 of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. The new Order for the first time applies Iranian sanctions to...more
New law imposes heavy sanctions on individuals and companies offering money and gifts to obtain an advantage in the procurement of public contracts.
Mexico has joined a growing number of Latin American countries that...more
On October 8, 2012, the House Intelligence Committee issued a damning bi-partisan report on what it perceived to be national security risks posed by two Chinese telecommunications companies: Huawei and ZTE. The committee...more
California Senate Bill 1185 (SB 1185) is a new effort aimed at the underground economy in the State, estimated to be valued at between $60 billion and $140 billion each year. Underground transactions prevent the State from...more
What do Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes,California have in common?
If you were thinking about warm weather, plenty of sunshine and the California lifestyle, you might be right, but that’s not the answer we’re...more
On September 25, 2012, President Obama signed a groundbreaking Executive Order designed to strengthen protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracting. Among other requirements, the Executive Order requires...more
This alert provides an outline of procurement practices that Australian public sector health bodies should be applying in their procurements to give effect to obligations under the FTA. We address three questions:
The purpose of this digest is to provide a legal and compliance practitioner's reference guide on the enforcement of international defense trade controls in the United States, with an emphasis on the U.S. State Department's...more
In this issue:
- What Do Healthcare Reform and the "Fiscal Cliff" Have In Common? Tax Increases
- Department of Labor Disagrees with First Circuit’s “Natural Reading” of SO
- FCPA Investigation Follows...more
WITH THE NEW TAX LAW, through FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT SCHEME; AS INVESTOR, ENTREPRENEUR, DOING BUSINESS WITHIN NIGERIA FREE TRADE ZONES:
You have right, to do business in Nigeria without paying tax in return, as a result...more
The Justice Department urges companies to voluntarily disclose FCPA violations. In exchange for a confession, DOJ offers companies two important benefits: (1) absolution for any criminal activity; and (2) a reduced criminal...more
One of the most frequently disputed areas of European public procurement is the extent to which a contracting authority has the right or obligation to ask a bidder to explain aspects of its tender.
The European Court of...more
La nueva Ley Federal Anticorrupción en Contrataciones Públicas (la "Ley Anticorrupción"), entró en vigor el día 12 de junio de 2012. La presente Ley tiene por objeto establecer las responsabilidades y sanciones a las personas...more
Mexico's new federal Anti-Corruption in Public Contracts Law (the "Anti-Corruption Law") became effective on June 12, 2012. The Law establishes liabilities and penalties on foreign and Mexican individuals and corporations who...more
After a year-long investigation that involved the review of more than 100,000 pages of documents submitted by DoD, electronic parts manufacturers, defense contractors and subcontractors, electronic parts testing laboratories...more
Discover that since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Slaughterhouse Cases, there is a citizen of the United States, who is not a citizen of the several States (united) and a citizen of the several States...more
In December 2011 the World Trade Organization reached an agreement in principle to implement “historic revisions” to the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA), a trade agreement covering the...more
The European Union’s rules on government procurement have traditionally been admirably open and non-discriminatory, with none of the “Buy Local” preferences found elsewhere in the world.
That seems likely to change in...more
In the fervor of the U.S.'s current anti-foreign-corruption efforts, a particularly misguided proposal has occasionally reared its ugly head: Requiring “mandatory debarment” for any company that violates the Foreign Corrupt...more