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The Continuing Far Reach of the False Claims Act

Since 2009, when Congress preserved and expanded the reach of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (“FERA”), Government contractors have seen a vast increase in FCA lawsuits and...more

The Ninth Circuit Holds That Res Judicata Bars State Recovery of Restitution for Members of a CAFA-Compliant Class Action

In California v. Intelligender, LLC, the Ninth Circuit ruled that final judgment in a CAFA-compliant class settlement barred the State of California from seeking restitution on behalf of members of the settlement class for...more

FINRA Solicitor Pay-to-Play Rules Complete IA & MSRB Suite

Last Friday, FINRA proposed pay-to-play prohibitions that parallel and implement similar Investment Adviser Act provisions in Rule 206(4)-5. That IA Rule prohibits investment advisers from paying third-parties to solicit...more

Federal Government Discriminates Against Transgender Employee

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently announced that a federal government agency violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against an employee who transitioned from male to female in 2010....more

Just In Time for the Holidays: More Security Requirements From NIST

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft recommendations aimed at securing the confidentiality of sensitive federal information located within non-federal entities’ information technology...more

Coming Soon: The Rhode Island Quasi-Public Corporations Accountability and Transparency Act

Lawyers, accountants and others involved with the more than 20 quasi-state entities here in Rhode Island should be aware that the State Department of Administration Bureau of Audits has begun preparing for the January 1, 2015...more

Suing the State: Class Action or "Mass Action"

Wisconsin’s court of appeals recently clarified the extent to which class-action lawsuits may be brought against Wisconsin governmental entities in Townsend v. Neenah Joint School District, No. 13AP2839 (Oct. 22, 2014)....more

Imports From Chinese Companies Owned And Controlled By Chinese Government Entities Now Likely Subject To Higher Dumping Duties

If you import goods that are subject to an antidumping duty (AD) order from a Chinese exporter that is owned and controlled by the Government of China (GOC), your imports may be liable for U.S. AD duties based on the...more

Raleigh and Wake County Websites Recognized Among Best, Nationwide

As any good business knows, a good website is critical. A good website provides an impression, serves at a repository for information, functions as a means of communication and works as a vehicle for a transaction, among...more

Is A “Rule” An “Order” And Why Would Anyone Care?

Pay-to-Play Rule Challenged - Doug Cornelius recently wrote about the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission’s anti “pay-to-play” rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. New...more

Federal District Court Rules PRP Can Pursue CERCLA Cost Recovery Action Against State

Judge William B. Shubb of the Eastern District of California ruled last month that a state government agency can be held liable as a Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) even if the agency’s involvement at a particular site is...more

Challenging the Right to Take: What Happens When a Government Agency Requires a Property that is Already Devoted to a Public Use?

Often times government agencies require property for a public project that is already put to a public use. What are the acquiring agency’s options, assuming an agreement cannot be reached prior to filing a condemnation...more

Federal Agencies Cannot Be Fined for Reliability Standard Violations

The D.C. Circuit concluded that sovereign immunity prevents FERC and NERC from imposing monetary penalties on federal agencies that violate Reliability Standards....more

New Structure of Kazakhstan’s Government

On 6 August 2014 the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan issued Decree on reorganization of the Government (the “Decree”). The Decree envisages integration of ministries or certain authorities of theirs into one...more

Criminal Background Discrimination Dragnet Ensnares Government Employer

Last week a New York federal court certified a class of approximately 250,000 African-American job applicants in a race discrimination case against the U.S. Census Bureau. The plaintiffs allege that they were unlawfully...more

Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities Makes Recommendations on Reporting of Unrelated Business Taxable Income

The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (“ACT”), an IRS advisory panel, made several recommendations on issues relating to unrelated business taxable income (“UBTI”) in its annual report to the IRS (the...more

Land Banking Comes to Birmingham

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the City of Birmingham joined a number of other municipalities in a vote to authorize a Land Bank Authority. The Birmingham City Council passed the resolution to establish a land bank in hopes of...more

Myth No. 8: We can treat government customers the same as commercial ones

Over the last 20 years or so, the Government contracts sector has seen countless new entrants. Many of these newcomers are experienced commercial-sector concerns that have decided to give the Government a try. Others are just...more

Who Is a ‘Foreign Official’ under the FCPA? Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Providing appellate guidance for the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit interpreted a key term defining the types of “foreign officials” subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and...more

Esquenazi Part II – The Test For Determining An Instrumentality Under The FCPA

In Part I of my review of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Esquenazi case, I reviewed the Court of Appeals opinion. Today, in Part II, I want to drill down further and examine the test developed by the Court...more

New York Court Strikes Down Regulations Limiting Executive Compensation and Administrative Expenses

A New York court has held that the State’s regulatory limits on executive compensation and administrative expenses for entities that receive state funds unconstitutionally exceed proper regulatory authority. The regulations,...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide If FOIA Requires Equal Treatment of Citizens and Media

Our previews of the newest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court's docket continue with Garlick v. Madigan, a unpublished decision from Division One of the First District which poses this interesting question: is a...more

How New Public Records Law Affects Companies Providing Services to Florida State or Local Governmental Entities

During its 2013 Regular Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed CS/CS/HB 1309, which relates to governmental accountability in contracting. Among other things, this legislation created Section 119.0701, Florida...more

IRS Gets “John Doe” Summons to Help Foreign Governments

In what may be a presage of actions to come the IRS has asked a court to issue a “John Doe” summons at the request of the Government of Norway. A “John Doe” summons is a court order that compels the receiving financial...more

Governmental Agencies and Regulatory Boards Must Now Provide a Reasoned Explanation for Their Decisions in Illinois

The days of governmental agencies or regulatory boards issuing decisions without providing any reasoning may be nearing an end. The Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District recently clarified in Medina Nursing Center,...more

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