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GSA Faces Push-Back on Proposed Rule Eliminating PRC

Reed Smith attended last Friday’s General Services Administration’s (GSA) public meeting on the proposed Transactional Data Reporting rule. GSA’s proposed rule would eliminate the Price Reduction Clause (PRC) in favor of...more

Preliminary Framework Agreed Upon to Reduce Iran’s Nuclear Program

On April 2, the United States, along with the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and the EU (the “P5+1”), agreed with Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). The JCPOA is a preliminary framework to reduce...more

CFPB targets another mortgage lender for deceptive advertising

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a California-based mortgage lender for alleged deceptive advertising practices, including the use of advertisements that the CFPB claimed falsely led...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Notice to Publish an Updated List of Product Categories for Which Federal Prison Industries Have a Significant Market Share - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Notice...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - GSA Issues Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comment on Proposed Rule to Amend GSAR Transactional Data Reporting - The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a notice of...more

Read the Directions Carefully Before Playing: State Department Releases Military Drone Export Guidance

The United States has a responsibility, or so the State Department tells us, to ensure the sales and exports of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are consistent with U.S. national security interests, U.S. policy, and even U.S....more

Texas Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview (2/15)

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases. Note that the Court is doing a road show and hearing these arguments at the University of Texas at Tyler. ...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Bars Second Arbitration Based On The Doctrine Of Res Judicata

An architectural firm contracted to provide architectural, engineering and design services for a state veterans home for a “not to exceed fee” of $61,500, which was calculated as a percentage of overall expected construction...more

ALERT: Federal Government Announces Compensation for Employers of Reservists

On November 25, 2014 the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., announced a new Government of Canada program which will provide financial support to employers of Canadian Armed Forces...more

Don’t Tell the Government “It Wasn’t Me”: ASBCA Holds Contract Void Ab Initio for Fraud

In the Appeal of Vertex Construction & Engineering, ASBCA No. 58988, decided last month, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) exercised a “harsh” remedy in declaring Appellant’s contract void ab initio...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

SEC Brings Its Sixth Insider Trading Action As An Administrative Proceeding Since September

The SEC is clearly bringing more cases as administrative proceedings. To be sure, many of its “broken windows” actions are brought in that forum. At the same time, it is brining other cases which are traditionally brought as...more

Infobytes Special Alert: VA Adopts Its QM Rule

On May 9, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) issued an interim final rule defining what constitutes a “qualified mortgage” (“QM”) for purposes of the loans it guarantees, insures, or originates. The VA stated...more

War Tribunals Explained Along With Their "Strengths & Weaknesses"

This booklet explores the connotations of war tribunals and their role in dealing with apocalyptic events that unfortunately are visited upon mankind from time to time. Nuremberg, Rwanda and Yugoslavia are cases studied as...more

Tribunals Explained Along With Their "Strengths & Weaknesses"

A detailed analysis of tribunals as a forum for dispute resolution. This involves a comparative case study of tribunals operating in different jurisdictions with particular regard to their merits and limitations. The study...more

President Signs Bill Enhancing Enforcement Of The Military Lending Act

On January 2, President Obama signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, which includes provisions that enhance federal enforcement of the Military Lending Act (MLA). The MLA (i)...more

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Giving Second Life To Cases Otherwise Barred By The Statute of Limitations

How an obscure section of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act can save a case when the statute of limitations has run...more

Leadership in the Compliance Function – Do You Encourage or Stifle?

There are many ways for a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) to exercise leadership in not only the compliance function but also across the many disciplines in which compliance impacts in any corporation. In this Sunday’s New...more

Consolidated DoD Central Adjudicative Facility Creates Change

A new, consolidated DoD Central Adjudicative Facility (CAF) has been established to improve the efficiency of adjudicating personnel security clearances (PCLs) at a time when there is a substantial increase in the number of...more

Congress passes bill giving CFPB authority to enforce Military Lending Act and creating civil liability for violations

The 2013 Defense Authorization Bill (H.R. 4310), currently awaiting signature by President Obama, makes several changes to the Military Lending Act. Last week, both the House and Senate agreed to the conference report....more

Legal Index: Citizenship Under The United States Constitution

This legal index is a guide to citizenship under the United States Constitution since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment. Each entry, being a legal topic, is supplemented with legal authority, which is quoted, cited,...more

CFPB Fair Lending Updates – Expectations for Enforcement and Regulation in 2013

Signaling that 2013 will be another eventful year in the fair lending world, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued two items this month that reveal an ambitious agenda for fair lending...more

Layoff Upon Return From Military Leave May Qualify as a “Reemployment Position” Under the USERRA

According to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) requirement that a returning service member be reemployed in the position that he or she would have...more

Eighth Circuit Rules that Termination of Employment Can Be a Proper Reinstatement Under the Uniformed Services Employment and...

In Milhauser v. Minco Products, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 24938 (8th Cir. Dec. 5, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that reinstatement under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act...more

OCC Issues Bulletin Regarding Extended SCRA Protections

On November 19, the OCC issued Bulletin 2012-37, which advises all national banks and federal savings associations of the extension of certain servicemember protections afforded by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)....more

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