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Tennessee Company Skirts Customs Obligations, Pays $500,000 FCA Penalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance - - Company made false statements related to import duty charges - Investigation initiated by whistleblower complaint from company’s competitor - Trump Administration likely to impose...more

DoD Continues to Interpret "Commercial Item" Broadly, Despite Recent Attempts to Narrow

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Department of Defense has faced criticism from the Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office concerning its handling of commercial item procurements. The Response: As a...more

ITAR for Government Contractors - New Developments for 2018

by Williams Mullen on

ITAR is an important area of regulation for government contractors. This includes firms in the defense, technical services, information technology, cyber-security, military training and DOD-funded R&D fields. These...more

Mexico's Energy Industry Round 2.4: Mexico's Deep Water Success

On January 31, 2018, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the Fourth Tender of Round Two (“Round 2.4”), which was first announced on July 20, 2017. Round...more

India Launches Bid Process for Largest Auction of Oil and Gas Blocks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Under a new licensing policy, India is set to begin an auction for exploration and development of 55 oil and gas blocks. The Action: Bidders are invited to bid for the identified blocks spread over a 59,282...more

New Procurement Threshold Values Apply Across Europe from January 1, 2018

Every two years, the European Union updates the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise across Europe. The financial thresholds effective from January 1, 2018 have now been...more

Mandatory Changes Proposed to UK Government Contracts’ Data Privacy Terms

The UK government has announced that it intends to write to all government contractors in order to make unilateral changes to all UK government contracts to comply with impending changes in EU data privacy law....more

Why Brexit Could Limit Damages in Procurement Challenges

by Bryan Cave on

A recent public procurement decision of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court highlights the possibility that aggrieved suppliers in public procurement cases in the UK run the risk of losing their future rights to...more

2017 FCPA Year in Review

by Michael Volkov on

FCPA enforcement continued in 2017 with an increased emphasis on individual enforcement. Despite early questions as to the new administration's commitment to FCPA enforcement, the Justice Department and the SEC continued to...more

We Trust Santa’s Factory Is Free of Forced Labor and Corruption—Your Supply Chains Should Be Too.

by Perkins Coie on

[Warning: The juxtaposition of the jolly old man and forced labor is not to make light of human rights violations but to highlight the hidden evils in supply chains and the potential reputational damage to wholesome...more

12 O'Clock High-Episode 70-GE and Corporate Jets

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Richard Lummis and I consider the recent revelations which came to light that during the tenure of the former Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Immelt, he had an empty plane fly behind his jet on corporate trips....more

Mexico to Bid P3 Contract for Private HVDC Line in Baja California

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the power industry opened investment and contracting opportunities that were once reserved to the State. In case of transmission and distribution activities, the Mexican State still keeps...more

The Trade Bill - UK trade policy following Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The Trade Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday 7 November 2017. It will have to be passed by both Houses before it becomes law, and it has to become law before Brexit takes effect, currently set for 29 March...more

Argentina Announces Preliminary Highway P3 Bidding Guidelines

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Argentina published the preliminary terms and conditions and technical specifications for Stage 1 of its first public-private partnership (P3) initiative in the...more

Local Government Contracts and Buying American

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In April 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order calling for stricter enforcement of the federal government’s “Buy American” laws. These laws have been on the books for several decades and generally require that the...more

A Dialogue With Corporate Counsel: Skadden’s Seventh Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Seminar

Panelists examined major enforcement actions from 2017 and identified key trends. Aggressive Enforcement With a Decrease in High-Dollar Settlements. Panelists noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues its...more

Episode 13 -- Top Ten Rules for Conducting Internal Investigation Interviews

by Michael Volkov on

To implement an effective ethics and compliance program, global companies have to establish an effective internal investigation program.  Whether conducting a critical or routine investigation, investigators have to be able...more

Deemed Exports and You

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

You may be surprised to learn that you can commit an export control violation without shipping a single product overseas. This is due to the “deemed export” rule....more

Congress Moves to Authorize FOCI Whitelisting Program

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Senate agreed on Nov. 16, 2017, to a conference report with respect to H.R.2810 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill provides for a review regarding the applicability of Foreign...more

Changes to Supply Chain Management and Commercial Item Contracting in FY 2018 NDAA

For Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions, the Conference Report for Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA includes provisions that simplify and others that complicate contractor responsibilities. Proposed supply chain diligence...more

Information filtration under the Export Administration Regulations

by Miller Canfield on

Information provides the cornerstone to the modern economy. Information flows across information technology networks similar to water naturally flowing down our mountains, into our streams and rivers, and out to the oceans....more

UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

MoForward 2018

On Thursday, October 26th, Morrison Foerster’s Government Contracts Group held its inaugural MoForward Event at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton. The event was a rousing success, reflecting the unique interaction between our...more

Podcast Episode 5 -- Tom Fox Interview

by Michael Volkov on

Corruption, Crime & Compliance is pleased to welcome Tom Fox, the Compliance Evangelist, for an interesting interview on Tom's career, his vast compliance program and writing network, and his interesting perspectives on the...more

New UK Regime for National Security and Infrastructure Investments

• The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a Green Paper consulting on amendments to UK merger control and public interest intervention legislation to cover gaps in the current framework for...more

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