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Construction Law Advisory - October 2015

The Massachusetts Attorney General is taking action to ensure that general contractors working on public construction are complying with state requirements to use DBE/MBE subcontractors. In August 2015, the Attorney...more

Third Circuit Decision Could Have Broad Implications For Sentencing In Federal Fraud Cases

Last week, the Third Circuit issued a decision that could have major ramifications for sentencing in federal fraud cases. United States v. Nagle dealt with a fraud perpetrated against the Department of Transportation’s...more

Attorney General Crackdown on DBE/MBE Representations in Subcontracts

The Massachusetts Attorney General is taking action to ensure that general contractors working on public construction are complying with state requirements to use DBE/MBE subcontractors....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Rate Change In Effect as of January 1, 2016 - The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice to announce the applicable minimum wage rate...more

SBA’s Final Rule on Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

A final rule has been released by the Small Business Administration regarding women-owned small businesses. This rule is effective October 14, 2015. - The rule makes changes to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)...more

New Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a finale rule, on September 14, 2015, implementing Section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 to allow the federal government to issue sole...more

Under Construction - September 2015

Welcome to the fall edition of our Under Construction newsletter. The first article in this edition highlights the pros and cons of joint venturing on a construction project, and items to consider in preparing the joint...more

84 House members urge expedited CFPB action on small business lending data collection rules

84 House members recently wrote to the CFPB to urge it to expedite rulemaking to implement the small business lending data requirements of Dodd-Frank Section 1071. Section 1071 amended the ECOA to require financial...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

New Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force Promises Tough Enforcement

On August 5th, the Manhattan District Attorney (the "DA’s Office") announced the formation of a multi-agency Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force that will be spearheaded by prosecutors from the office. Its mission is...more

House Financial Services Committee passes CFPB-related bills including bill creating TRID Rule hold harmless period

On July 29, the following four CFPB-related bills were passed by the House Financial Services Committee: H.R. 3192, the “Homebuyers Assistance Act”: The bill would provide a hold harmless period for the TILA/RESPA Integrated...more

Senate Interest in Small Business Loan Data Rulemaking May Significantly Impact Financial Institutions

On July 10, 2015, 19 United States senators, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, implored the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to exercise its rulemaking authority related to publicly available small business loan...more

Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, RIN: 3245-AG72

Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) above-referenced proposed rule, issued May 1, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 24,846. Our firm represents small businesses,...more

Alert: SBA Proposes Regulations to Implement Sole-Source Contract Awards for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration ("SBA") recently issued a proposed rule to address statutory changes that would permit agency contracting officers to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses ("WOSBs") and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule to amend its...more

Can You Discriminate Against a Company's Race? Fourth Circuit Says Yes, Grants Standing to Sue for Racial Discrimination

Owners, contractors and other recipients of federal funds be aware: when construction or other federally-funded contracts sour, not only can contracting parties file lawsuits claiming breach of contract, but if the...more

It’s That Time of Year Again!

It’s that time of year again! Yes, it’s the season to be thankful and there are many holidays on the horizon. And it is also the time where we are overflowing with gatherings and activities for all our organizations and...more

Celebrating Women's Small Business Month

Women now more than ever are turning to entrepreneurship to take charge of their own career trajectory. According to American Express OPEN’s 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, it is estimated that there are nearly...more

Women GCs: The Best Advice I Ever Received

Over three days during September 17-19, InsideCounsel magazine succeeded where others have not. They created a national forum to facilitate women-to-women exchange on current legal issues. This year’s conference was the...more

House members propose bill to nullify CFPB indirect auto finance guidance

A bipartisan group of fourteen House members have introduced a bill (H.R. 5403) that would nullify the CFPB’s indirect auto finance guidance issued in March 2013 and require the CFPB to provide for a notice and comment period...more

A Husband’s “Illusory” Control: Recent SBA Decision Clarifies Role of Spouse in EDWOSBs

Since inception of the WOSB Program, the SBA has been sensitive to the involvement of husbands in WOSBs and EDWOSBs. To combat the risk of a husband (or another man) running a WOSB or EDWOSB, the regulations require that the...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 Register Round Up – June/July 2014

DOD Proposed Rules Seeking Contractor Business System Rule Self Assessments - The Department of Defense issued a proposed rule on July 15th that would revise the DFARS Business Systems Rule by requiring contractors...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2014 #4

In this issue; - DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Amend DFARS Defense Contractors Performing Private Security Functions (DFARS Case 2014-D008) - DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Private Sector Notification...more

WOSB and EDWOSB Programs: Getting Certified and Staying Compliant

In this presentation: - WOSB/EDWOSB programs trending up - Eligibility criteria - Understanding the application process - Taking full advantage of the WOSB/EDWOSB programs - Maintaining...more

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