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Omaha Breach: Doctrine of First Breach May Hinge on Correct Contract Interpretation

Which party first breached a contract often plays a determinative role in assessing entitlement for damages in a contract dispute. This theory is often referred to as the First or Material Breach Doctrine....more

Chinese walls? Germany reinforces the control of foreign investments

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Government significantly reinforced the barriers for the acquisition of German companies by non-EU companies. The new Regulation for the Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments...more

Justice Department Settles with Michigan Credit Union for Violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it reached an agreement with Michigan-based COPOCO Community Credit Union to settle a lawsuit alleging that the credit union violated the Servicemembers Civil...more

Top False Claims Act developments In 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733, continues to pose unique liability risk for aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies that directly or indirectly conduct business with the U.S. Government. In...more

Top commercial space developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Thinking big and small(sat) satellites - The Huffington Post recently identified “Top 10 Tech Trends Transforming Humanity.”1 The first of these transformative tech trends was labeled “we are hyper-connecting the world”...more

Federal Court in Idaho Rules That a Government Contractor May Recover Consultant Fees, So Long as Those Fees Were Incurred in...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) contracted with Sygnos, Inc. (“Sygnos”) for improvements to the electrical system at a VA hospital in Boise, Idaho. Sygnos subcontracted a portion of the work to...more

Safeguarding Every Veteran's Benefits: Lessons From Bruce V. Mcdonald, 2017 WL 57172

On January 5, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims rejected the assertion by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Board of Veterans Appeals (the Board) that a service member who requested a...more

CFPB settles with military financing company for alleged TILA/EFTA disclosure violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Military Credit Services, LLC, a company providing revolving credit to military consumers, to settle allegations that the company’s open-end credit agreements...more

Companies Face New Process in Disclosures of Potential Export Violations

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Companies opting to file voluntary disclosures of potential export violations with the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will soon be required to utilize a new process for submitting their...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2016

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Withholding of Unclassified Technical Data and Technology from Public Disclosure - The Department of Defense (“DOD”) Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and...more

DoD Publishes Guidance on MLA Amendments

With the July 2015 amendments to the Military Lending Act (MLA) set to take effect on October 3, the Department of Defense (DoD) published an interpretive rule to help financial institutions achieve compliance with the...more

Final Rule Issued Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (the FAR Council) have issued for publication in today’s Federal Register, a final rule amending the Federal...more

Export Regulation Revisions: Harmonization of Destination Control Statements

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New rules synchronize Destination Control Statements for EAR and ITAR. On August 17, both the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the US State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade...more

Discretion in Procurement: The GAO Finds for the Government

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a decision that could be used by government agencies to support “all encompassing” RFPs, or RFPs that require one bidder to provide several products and services even if, in...more

Regulatory and Legislative Changes: No Summer Holiday Break

While you may have thought that the major party conventions and Olympic Games in Rio would have resulted in a break from significant legislative and regulatory changes, that simply does not seem to be the case. ...more

Brexit, Export Controls, Preferential Trade and Sanctions Programmes – Strategies and Tactics for Success Post-Brexit

by Reed Smith on

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union in a historic referendum. Following the referendum, legal issues relating to export control, sanctions programmes, and preferential trade have arisen for...more

Court of Federal Claims Rules Contracting Officer’s Failure to Exercise Independent Business Judgment Renders Partial Termination...

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Securiforce Int’l America, LLC v. United States, 125 Fed. Cl. 749 (March 21, 2016) - Plaintiff Securiforce International America, LLC (“Securiforce”) was awarded a contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (“DLA...more

Second Circuit Finds FCA Claims about Night-Vision Goggles Lack Sufficient Particularity

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss FCA claims alleging that defendants supplied $1.5 billion worth of deficient night-vision goggles to the U.S. military. United...more

Opportunities for Increased Drug Sales to the VA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Pharmaceutical manufacturers that produce drugs in non-designated countries under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) may now have an opportunity to increase their sales to the United States government. The Department of Veterans...more

Who Assumes the Risk of Material Cost Increases? As Always, It Depends!

by Burr & Forman on

When a client asks me about a particular contract provision and why it is “unfair” or “uneven”, we began a discussion about risk allocation. You see, the contract is used to shift the various risks on the project to the party...more

Final Government Contractor Basic Data Security Rule Issued

by WilmerHale on

On May 16, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) Council published the final FAR rule on Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems. The rule is intended to prescribe “the most basic level” of...more

Pennsylvania AG Sues Financial Services Company for Defrauding Veterans

by Goodwin on

On May 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the filing of a civil lawsuit in the Clinton County (PA) Court of Common Pleas against an Ohio financial services company and its owner for misleading at least four...more

House Armed Services Committee Adopts Amendment To 2017 National Defense Authorization Act Exempting Defense Contractors From...

On April 28, 2016 the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (the “Amendment”), which would exempt federal defense contractors from compliance...more

Contractor Blacklisting for Defense Contractors? The HASC Says “Not So Fast”

At last, we have a little good news for government contractors. By a vote of 34–28 taken late in the evening on April 27, 2016, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) adopted a measure that would block the application of...more

DoD Proposes Cost Allowability Rule for Correcting Counterfeit Electronic Parts

The Department of Defense (“DoD”) recently proposed to make specified costs allowable that are associated with discovering and correcting counterfeit or suspect counterfeit electronic parts. DoD’s proposed rule would amend...more

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