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New York: Public Improvement Lien vs. Mechanic’s Lien

This is the first post in an ongoing series of posts on real estate and construction lending. Check back soon for more posts in our series. In New York, contractors must be careful to file the correct type of lien to ensure…more
| Construction Law

Payment Practices and Performance Reporting - New UK rules aimed at tackling late payment of suppliers and vendors will require large businesses to report on their payment practices and performance

Under Section 3 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA 2015), the Secretary of State has the power, by regulations, to require certain companies to publish information about their payment practices and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Court Dismisses Complaint That FERC’s Regulatory Structure Is Biased In Favor Of Pipeline Applicants

On March 22, in the case of Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al., v. FERC, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the plaintiffs’ complaint that the statutory requirement that the Federal Regulatory…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

California Contractors Note CSLB’s “Easy-Fill” Forms And Fee Increases

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) recently announced that it has launched a series of interactive forms to help simplify the contractor license application process as well as the process that licensees are to…more
| Construction Law

VIE Validity Still Unsure - It may be premature to conclude that the decision of China’s Supreme People’s Court in last year’s Ambow case provides legal cover for variable interest entity structures

A 2016 judgment (the “Judgment”) made by the Supreme People’s Court of China (the “Supreme Court”) was believed by some scholars and practitioners to confirm judicial recognition of the VIE structure. We believe the Supreme…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Education, Finance & Banking

SCOTUS Upholds Federal Vacancies Reform Act

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of NLRB v. SW General, Inc., dba Southwest Ambulance. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). Section…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

SAP’s Licensing Time-Bomb - Software giant’s victory in “indirect use” case is cause for concern for companies worldwide

On February 16, 2017, the High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom held that Diageo plc, a global drinks company, was liable for unauthorized use of SAP software as a result of failing to secure “Named User” licenses for its…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology

Two New Texas Supreme Court Decisions

Two especially interesting decisions were released last Friday by the Texas Supreme Court. In Engelman Irrigation District v. Shields Brothers, Inc., the Court affirmed the ruling of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals (sitting…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Don’t Rock the Vote: Helping State and Local Governments Fend Off Cyber Attacks

Voting in local, state and national elections could be viewed as a rudimentary form of social media, by which voters share their views and preferences via selection of a candidate or party platform. The distance between this…more
| Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

OMB’s Federal Budget Blueprint

The Blueprint only provides details on discretionary spending proposals. The full budget, to be released later this spring, will include specific tax proposals and a “full fiscal path.” The Blueprint recommends the…more
| Elections & Politics

DC Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment to Halliburton in Important FCA Case

On March 14, U.S. Federal Judge Royce Lamberth granted Halliburton’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed Mr. Barko’s claims against Halliburton, filed under the False Claims Act (FCA), which, along the way, resulted in…more
| Civil Procedure, Government Contracting

The Week in UAS News – Amazon Patents, Fire Fighting and Nighttime Waivers

This week’s news includes drones fighting fires and illegal dumping; new fines for drone usage; new patents by Amazon; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around the globe. - Drone pilots acknowledge…more
| Transportation

POTUS Calls For Plan to Improve the Efficiency, Effectiveness and Accountability of Federal Agencies

Yesterday, the White House published a Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after a period of review and…more
| Elections & Politics

How Does a Freeze in Federal Hiring Affect Patent Examination Timelines?

The President’s January 23, 2017, executive memorandum implemented a federal hiring freeze. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of those agencies affected by the President’s memorandum. While such a hiring freeze…more
| Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

CERCLA’s Statute Of Limitations Doesn’t Preempt State Law Claims Based Largely On Negligence, Nuisance And Trespass

On March 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a ruling affirming the District Court’s rejection of Virginia common law property damage claims based largely on negligence, nuisance, trespass, and argument…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law
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