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Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

A Missouri appellate court has for the first time recognized that a construction contractor may pursue a breach of contract claim against a public entity owner based on the “Spearin doctrine,” meaning the contractor may...more

Appellate Court Expands Rice Notice Requirements

Following the February 8, 2017 Appellate Division decision in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Morell, public bodies must review their processes for issuing Rice notices and making available meeting minutes to the...more

Federal Court Holds California Insurance Code Bars Duty to Defend Against False Claims Act Violations

The Central District of California held that Section 533 of the Insurance Code eliminated any potential for coverage for suit under the state False Claims Act. On January 4, the U.S. District Court for the Central...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

Let's Talk Municipal Finance – An Introduction

This is the first in a series of posts discussing financing alternatives available to municipalities and certain other governmental entities, such as school, water, and sewer districts. Municipalities and other...more

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory FCA Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction

In this April 2016 decision, the Eighth Circuit held that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the appeal of a two-state agency seeking review of a denial of its motion for summary judgment. Below the two-state agency had...more

PAC FOIA Opinions Address “Unduly Burdensome” factor, Personal Privacy Exemption and Public Records

In three separate opinions rendered in November, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General provided guidance regarding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on the definition of “unduly burdensome,”...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rules Addressing “Pay-to-Play” Practices

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt FINRA Rules 2030 and 4580, which set forth pay-to-play restrictions, and...more

Government Tort Claims Act – Claims Presentation Requirements

Emma Esparza v. Kaweah Delta District Hospital - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (September 21, 2016) - The Government (Tort) Claims Act (the “Act”) mandates that all claims or damages against a public...more

Alabama Ethics Commission Update

The Alabama Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) held a regularly scheduled meeting on October 5, 2016. At the meeting, the Commission formally extended the comment period for two significant advisory opinions affecting...more

Healthcare in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – An Overview

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is widely recognised as having the largest and fastest growing population in the Gulf Cooperation Council (the “GCC”), with over half the population under 40. Until 2014, all Saudi nationals were...more

What Charter Schools Need to Know About the 2016 Public Records Law Overhaul

Legislation overhauling the state's public records law was recently signed by Governor Baker. The provisions of the act take effect on January 1, 2017, and the Secretary of State's office is expected to release new...more

Illinois AG Rules That Public Employees' Personal Emails Are Public Records - Messages Pertaining to Public Business in Personal...

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a binding opinion under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that email messages sent or received through public employees' personal email accounts may be public...more

New Jersey Court Holds Suits Constitute Interrelated Wrongful Acts

In its recent decision in Old Bridge Municipal Authority v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist., LEXIS 99327 (D. N.J. July 29, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to...more

Structuring Successful Broadband P3s

Public entities have recently been looking for new ways to harness right of way (ROW) for broadband public-private partnership (P3) projects. Last year, the city of Santa Cruz made history by entering into a roughly $50...more

Court Clarifies Public Bodies Requirement to Provide Documents Under FOIA

A public body must respond to a FOIA request within five days, but the Michigan Court of Appeals has opined that there is no obligation to produce the requested information within that timeframe. In a June 23, 2016,...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #8

The Supreme Court granted certiorari in eight cases last week: Bank of America Corp. v. Miami, No. 15-1111; Wells Fargo & Co. v. Miami, 15-1112: (1) Whether the term “aggrieved” in the Fair Housing Act imposes a...more

Public Records Overhaul Signed Into Law

After a year of intense debate, legislation overhauling the state’s public records law for the first time in over 40 years was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on June 3rd (becoming Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, the “Act”)....more

Proposed Regulations Issued on Deferred Compensation Arrangements for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Today, Treasury and the IRS released proposed regulations under §457 of the Code, which governs the tax treatment of nonqualified deferred compensation paid to employees and independent contractors by tax-exempt organizations...more

SEC Brings First Action under Dodd-Frank Municipal Advisor Antifraud Rules

Two California-based municipal advisory firms and their executives have agreed to settle SEC charges that they used deceptive practices when soliciting the business of five California school districts....more

E-services by public bodies and the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act

The ability to electronically perform transactions between individuals, and individuals and public bodies, has transformed the way business is conducted and the manner in which services are rendered to members of the public....more

Police Immunity From Civil Liability Resulting From Vehicular Chases

Rosemary Morgan, et al. v. Beaumont Police Department, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (April 4, 2016) - Police Departments have historically enjoyed statutory immunity from any civil lawsuits...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds $2 Million Punitive Award Against Chicago State University

The due process review of a punitive damages award for excessiveness has a number of interconnected parts. A series of relatively small errors can quickly add up and dramatically skew the outcome of a review process that is...more

Two Florida P3 Bills Signed into Law

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott signed two bills that further advance the state’s existing public-private partnership (P3) framework and provide additional guidance for implementing P3s. The two...more

Childhood Sexual Abuse – Delayed Accrual of Plaintiff’s Claims Against a Public Entity

Latrice Rubenstein v. Doe No. 1, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (March 22, 2016) - Generally, a civil cause of action for child molestation accrues at the time of the molestation, but delayed...more

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