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Ninth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt be prepared to reciprocate

It would be wonderful if everything in a Government contractor’s life were black and white: Both parties could live by the language in the contract and there would be no need to stray from that language. But that does not…more
| Government Contracting

Is there such a thing as a lovable patent troll?

Patent trolls are usually thought of as bad for innovation, bad for business, and bad in general. The common narrative is that patent trolls should be wiped out and restricted in whatever way possible. But is this view fair?…more
| Intellectual Property

How to project gainful employment rates – Part 5

With this fifth and final post, we’re wrapping up our REGucation series on projecting gainful employment rates. We’re also pleased to announce that in the coming days, we’ll be publishing the entire series in a white paper…more
| Administrative Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

How to project gainful employment rates – Part 4

By this point our Gainful Employment Series, you will have determined the scope of your institution and the programs that qualify as “GE Programs” (Part 1), created your student cohort (Part 2), and started calculating student…more
| Administrative Law, Education, Finance & Banking

GAO report shines spotlight on key issues for managed accounts in 401(k) plans

Most professionals who work in the 401(k) arena would agree that managed accounts are, on balance, a favorable development for 401(k) plan participants. However, such accounts are, in many ways, still in their infancy,…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Final regulations on qualified longevity annuity contracts

An ongoing focus for the IRS and the DOL has been trying to ensure that individuals have a regular stream of income for the duration of their lives. In connection with this goal, in July of this year, the IRS released final…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Post-Alice, has the Fed Circuit suggested another subject matter eligibility test?

Last month, the Federal Circuit issued its latest decision on the issue of patent eligible subject matter. The decision in that case, Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC, was far from earth shattering. With scant analysis, the court…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

How to project gainful employment Rates – Part 3

On October 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education promulgated its new “gainful employment” or “GE” regulations. The new regulations prominently feature two metrics intended to assess whether a program offers graduates a…more
| Education, Finance & Banking

What are the unique dynamics of a low-income housing tax credit workout?

Note: This post is part of a continuing series on the Credit Report Blog on the subject of workouts and bankruptcies involving low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Certifying privacy compliance: Is TRUSTe sufficiently trusty?

People concerned about privacy often ask, “Who can you trust?” And thus it’s worrisome when even a trusted intermediary — indeed, a privacy certification provider named for trust, TRUSTe — turns out to have a trustworthiness…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

How to project gainful employment rates – Part 2

As discussed in our previous post, the U.S. Department of Education recently promulgated its new “gainful employment” or “GE” regulations, which prominently feature two metrics intended to assess whether a program offers a…more
| Administrative Law, Education

President Obama's immigration actions: What employers need to know

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive and administrative actions intended to streamline, modernize and simplify elements of the U.S. immigration system. While programs such as Deferred Action for…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

The President’s immigration orders: 5 measures that will impact higher ed

As employers and educators of hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals each year, U.S. colleges and universities will be uniquely impacted by President Obama’s new actions targeting the U.S. immigration system…more
| Education, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

The cannabis industry: how big will it get?

On November 17, the PBS affiliate in Chicago, WTTW, reported the Better Government Association had issued an investigative report on the medical marijuana application process in Illinois. While the “Chicago Tonight” program…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking

Eighth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt maintain thy integrity

On reflection, most seasoned veterans of our business would tell you that your integrity — your reputation for honesty — is your most valuable possession in the business world, including Government contracting. Judging from…more
| Government Contracting
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