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Design-Build Contractors Get Ready to Go Back to School

For bid requests issued on or after July 1, 2016, California school districts, with approval of their governing board, Schoolmay procure design-build contracts for projects in excess of $1M, awarding the contract to either the…more
| Construction Law, Government Contracting

Ready, Set: Time to Add Ready-Mixed Concrete to “Public Works” Definition

Public works contracts awarded on or after July 1, 2016 will be subject to the more expansive definition of public works added by California Assembly Bill 219 (Daly). For purposes of Article 2 of California’s Labor Code,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

Restaurants and Food Retailers Are Now Required to Post Proposition 65 Warning Signs about BPA in All California Locations

As of May 11, 2016, all businesses that distribute or sell food and beverage products in California that potentially contain bisphenol A (BPA) are required to provide a warning under California’s Proposition 65 to consumers. BPA…more
| Consumer Protection, Health

Prometheus Court Vacates FCC’s JSA Ban; Asks FCC for New Ownership Rules by Year-End

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit today issued a decision vacating the FCC rule effectively banning television Joint Sales Agreements (“JSAs”) and threatened to throw out all of the FCC’s remaining broadcast…more
| Communications & Media Law

FCC Issues NPRM to Remove Correspondence From Public File

On a day when a major broadcast ownership decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit garnered most of the attention, the FCC worked on more prosaic matters, issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate…more
| Communications & Media Law

Trade Secrets Claims Reach Federal Court: New Law Changes Jurisdiction, Remedies and Duties

Until May 12, 2016, trade secret law was the only area of intellectual property law left largely to state courts and state law. But no longer. On May 12, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Pub. L. No…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

LinkedIn Grapples with the Ripples of a 2012 Data Breach

Last week on the official LinkedIn blog, the company’s chief information security officer, Cory Scott, reported the company had become aware of an additional set of data that has just been released consisting of e-mail and…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

A New Cybersecurity Regime and a New Regulation to Mandate Secure Information Systems for Government Contractors

Congress has enacted a recent wave of legislation to address ongoing cybersecurity threats; the Executive Branch, on May 12, 2016, adopted new cybersecurity regulations; and other Federal initiatives are underway and will bring…more
| Government Contracting, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

US Terminates Arms Embargo Policy for Vietnam

On May 23, 2016, during President Obama’s visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the United States announced the termination its long-standing arms embargo policy for Vietnam. Exports of defense articles and defense services to Vietnam will…more
| International Law & Trade

U.S. Department of Labor More Than Doubles Minimum Salary Levels for FLSA Overtime Exemptions - Employers have six months to come into compliance—changes projected to impact 4.2 million exempt employees

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its much-anticipated Final Rule amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay for executive,…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Commonality and Cohesiveness Lacking for Class Contamination Claims

On May 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in Ebert, et al., v. General Mills, Inc., reversed the federal district court’s decision to grant class certification in an environmental contamination lawsuit…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law

GSA Issues Notice Concerning Trade Agreements Act and “Made in America” Compliance

On May 5, 2016—without advance warning—thousands of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract holders received a notice requiring them to verify—within one week—the country of origin (COO)…more
| Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Indian Regulator to Consider the Civil and Commercial Use of Drones

Last month, India’s civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), issued draft guidelines proposing a framework to regulate the civil and commercial use of unmanned aerial systems or drones…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Transportation

Arbitration Provisions Mauled by Consumer Watchdog

Companies offering payment services or financial products to consumers are facing a proposed rule from the CFPB that would prohibit class action waivers in binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Although the information…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Bank Regulators Revive Restrictions on Incentive-Based Compensation

Financial regulators have proposed new rules limiting the incentive pay of employees and other service providers at financial institutions. The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 prohibits incentive compensation that encourages…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law
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