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SEC’s Hitachi Enforcement Action and Important Compliance Reminders

The SEC continues to plug away at aggressive FCPA enforcement. This year, at least so far, the SEC has had a very successful year. The Hitachi case is a very interesting enforcement action for several major reasons. ...more

When a Violation of a Rule or Regulation Becomes an FCA Violation: Understanding the Distinction Between Conditions of Payment and...

If you read one thing… - The False Claims Act’s (FCA) language, structure, court precedent and purpose limit its application to only regulatory breaches that are conditions of payment and not conditions of...more

Procurement Pulse - September 2015

Draft regulations have been issued for consultation, to implement both the Utilities Directive and the Concessions Directive - expected to be in force April 2016. There has been some interesting case law on application of...more

Alert: Massachusetts High Court Clarifies Construction Manager’s Role

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a very significant ruling yesterday regarding the use of the CM-At Risk delivery method, particularly on public jobs. In Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Gilbane...more

Federal Small Business Set-Aside Contracts When Selling or Buying a Business

In a prior Alert, we provided a high-level overview of the Anti-Assignment Act, which requires federal pre-approval for the sale of federal government contracts, often through a “novation agreement” signed by the seller,...more

Public Bid Rejected Based on Access to Inside Information

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (“AGO”) this month denied a bid protest by a low bidder because it had access to “insider knowledge” about the University of Massachusetts building project through its...more

EU-Vietnam Trade Deal

The EU and Vietnam have concluded the substantive elements of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), widely-hailed as one of the most ambitious and comprehensive such agreements that the EU has concluded with a developing country....more

New “Living Wage Ordinance” for New Orleans City Contractors Goes Into Effect on January 1, 2016

On August 17, 2015, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed a new ordinance that will require all city contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.55 per hour to employees. The New Orleans City Council unanimously passed by the...more

Construction Alert: Minnesota Supreme Court Decides Best Value Bid Protest

The Minnesota Supreme Court decided Rochester City Lines, Co. v. City of Rochester last week, applying the "unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious" standard to the best value bidding of public contracts, describing how that...more

Procurement Pulse - July 2015

The Supreme Court ruling in the Edenred case on 1 July, provides an answer to the query we posed in June's Procurement Pulse - where a contract is signed before the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015 (PCR'15) came into force,...more

Employers Burdened By More New Laws

The Oregon Legislature enacted several laws in 2015 that will significantly affect your workplace. The following laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2016: Paid Sick Leave - As expected, Oregon has enacted a mandatory paid sick leave...more

Canada’s Integrity Framework Gets a Makeover: What Public Contractors Need to Know

On July 3, 2015 Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) released its anticipated revisions to the Integrity Regime, which seeks to ensure it does business with ethical suppliers of goods and services in Canada and...more

Blog: What States Should Know About The Contractual Consequences Of Bribery

Bribery. States often have to decide to exit or continue with contracts procured by bribes paid to public officials. Bribery gives rise to various types of claim. We have previously covered claims to recover the value of...more

DOJ Reaches Agreement with Government Contracting Company and Former VP over Alleged Bribery

On June 16, the DOJ entered into a non-prosecution agreement with a Florida-based defense and government contracting company to resolve allegations that it conspired to bribe Kuwaiti officials for the purpose of securing a...more

New Jersey Supreme Court to Consider Important Public Bidding Case – Practical Considerations for Contractors

In April, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to review the case of Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc. v. Mercer County Improvement Authority. The matter concerns a defect in a bid submitted under the New Jersey Public...more

Procurement Pulse - June 2015

It was great to see so many of you at our PCR'15 panel event in London on 19 May - and thanks to those who posed queries to the panel members to make it a lively interactive session. We will be holding further events in...more

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') - The main points

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') is an ambitious trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the European Commission and the United States. The European...more

"Virginia Enacts Stricter Gift Provisions, Expands Lobbying and Pay-to-Play Laws"

On May 1, 2015, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill No. 1424 (the Bill). The Bill tightens restrictions on gifts, expands Virginia’s lobby law to cover attempts to obtain public contracts and adds a new...more

Second-Place Bidder On Public Works Contract Could Proceed With Tortious Interference Claim

Between 2009 and 2012, American Asphalt South, Inc. (“American”) outbid Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. (“Allan”) or Doug Martin Contracting, Inc. (“Martin”) on 23 public works contracts totaling more than $14.6 million to apply...more

"Maryland Considering Pay-to-Play Cleanup Bill"

As detailed in our previous mailing, the changes to Maryland's pay-to-play reporting law that took effect in January have caused confusion and created significant challenges for companies doing business with Maryland state...more

Cook County Passes Wage Theft Ordinance; Businesses Face Harsh Sanctions For Violations of State And Federal Wage Laws

Effective May 1, 2015, employers in Cook County could face severe consequences for violating state and federal wage and hour laws. In a recent unanimous vote, Cook County Commissioners passed the “Cook County Wage Theft...more

The Expansion of Pennsylvania's Whistleblower Law - What Government Contractors Must Know About This New Liability Threat

Businesses that enter into contracts with state or local government entities in Pennsylvania need to be aware of a new liability threat – lawsuits from employees alleging waste or wrongdoing in connection with the award of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2014

In this issue: - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue an Interim Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue a Final Rule to Amend...more

Federal Miller Act Rights Trump State Statute Precluding Claims by Non-Licensed Contractors

In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2014

In this issue: - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue a Proposed Rule to Amend FAR Review and Justification of Pass-Through Contracts - DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Amend DFARS Business Systems Compliance (DFARS Case...more

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