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Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Should Implement Their Document Retention Policies And Protect Against Future Asbestos Claims

As far as contamination concerns go, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are generally way down the list of issues at a shutdown coal plant. You hire certified contractors, bag the ACM and dispose of it in approved landfills…more
| Energy & Utilities, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Products Liability

Protesters’ Paradise at the GAO? Understanding the Rapid Rise in the GAO’s FY 2016 Bid Protest Sustain Rate

As a bid protest lawyer, one of the most frequent questions I hear from companies considering whether to pull the trigger and file a pre- or post-award bid protest is “Can we win?” My response – regardless of the meritorious…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Government Contracting

Delaware Law Updates – The Court of Chancery Determines $2 Billion Dispute Is One for an Independent Auditor to Decide

In Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, C.A. No. 12585-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 5, 2016), the Court of Chancery granted a buyer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that the plain…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities

Switches and Sweets: Belsnickel Brings Defense Contractors and Subcontractors New Cybersecurity Controls in Preholiday Revisions of NIST Cybersecurity Publication

If you are aware of German Christmas folklore (and really, who isn’t?), you know that Belsnickel is a legendary companion of St. Nick who carries a switch with which to punish naughty children and a pocketful of sweets to reward…more
| Government Contracting, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Quick Look at the New Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ?TTAB? will implement new rules on January 14, 2017, that will apply to all inter partes proceedings (oppositions, cancellations, concurrent use) and ex parte appeals that are pending on, or…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Task and Delivery Order Bid Protests Are Back in Business at the GAO

New Legislation Reinstates GAO’s Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction, but the 2017 NDAA Will Up the Threshold for Non-Civilian Agency Task Order Procurements..…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Government Contracting

Apocalypse Soon? Permanent Disqualification From Department of Defense Contracts May Result From Voluntary Disclosures of Export Violations

Etymology, particularly the Greek or Latin roots of words, aids our understanding in much the same way as root cause analysis does. The Greek word for disclosure is ap???????, transliterated to apokálypsi, or “apocalypse.” Nomen…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Taking Steps to Control the Reopener

Operators shutting down coal-fired plants would be wise to plan ahead for potential future remediation obligations – aka the “reopener.” Predicting these obligations may be quite difficult, but operators can implement measures…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts

Universities Are Prime Targets for False Claims Act Liability

Colleges and universities receive billions of dollars in federal funds, whether through research grants or student financial aid, or even by billing Medicare or Medicaid for services rendered at academic medical centers. As a…more
| Civil Procedure, Education, Government Contracting, Health

Final Issue Price Regulations Present Municipal Industry Challenges (and 180 Days to Overcome Them)

The Internal Revenue Service promulgated final Issue Price Regulations under Section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, that were published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2016. The new regulations will…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Government Contractors Should Not Fear Contract Termination Over Twitter #ComplicatedRegulations #CostlyTerminationProvisions

Carrier. UTC. Boeing. Swamp-draining rhetoric. While many ponder what America can expect from the next administration, one thing is clear – it appears to have its eyes on government contractors. However, it is important for…more
| Elections & Politics, Government Contracting

Re-Register Takedown Agent or Lose Copyright Shield

If your website allows for posting of user-generated content and you filed an agent designation insulating you from copyright infringement claims, you may be about to lose that legal protection. All existing paper-filed agent…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Government Open Source Software: OMB’s Memorandum on Federal Source Code Policy Exposes IP Ownership Risk

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) promulgated an Open Source Software (“OSS”) policy via the Memorandum for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, M-16-21 (“Memorandum” or “M-16-21”). The…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Government Contracting

Delaware Law Updates – Board’s Adoption of a Plan of Dissolution Held Not to Be a Breach of the Directors’ Fiduciary Duties

In The Huff Energy Fund, L.P. v. Gershen, C.A. No. 11116-VCS (Del. Ch. Sept. 29, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery dealt with the issue of whether a company’s decision, approved by its board of directors and its…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Clinton or Trump? On Energy, the Choice Is Natural Gas

Natural gas will be the clear winner whether you vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election. While their proposed energy plans are widely different—Clinton is calling for major investments in…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities
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