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Surprise, Surprise, Congress Does Listen — Well, Kind Of - An Analysis of NDAA Section 846’s Online Marketplace Provisions

An Analysis of NDAA Section 846’s Online Marketplace Provisions - There has been a lot of speculation about the future of commercial items purchasing within the federal Government since Representative Mac Thornberry...more

OFAC Increases Clarity Regarding Financial Transactions with Cuba

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), with the stated intent of channeling economic...more

D.C. District Court Issues Injunction Against Transgender Military Ban

by FordHarrison on

As previously reported by these authors, on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that transgender individuals will no longer be permitted to serve in the military. President Trump issued an official memorandum...more

US Implements Changes to Cuba Sanctions

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Government this week announced changes to U.S. sanctions against Cuba to implement various policy changes announced by President Trump in July 2017 (for additional background, see our prior OnPoint from June 2017)....more

Happy Veterans Day! Celebrate the Benefits of Hiring California Veterans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Countless California employers have found that veterans make outstanding employees. As we approach the Veterans Day holiday, read on for a list of the benefits of hiring veterans, as well as helpful...more

CFPB October 2017 “special edition” complaint report highlights servicemember complaints

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s October 2017 complaint report, which the CFPB calls a “special edition” monthly complaint report, departs from the format of the CFPB’s standard monthly reports. (The CFPB’s June and July 2017 complaint reports...more

U.S. releases public guidance on entities tied to Russian Defense and Intelligence sectors

by Hogan Lovells on

On 27 October, the U.S. Department of State published guidance with respect to Russia’s Defense and Intelligence sectors under section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries The Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Section 231...more

UK Government to Reform M&A Rules to Protect National Security

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government is introducing new protectionist measures concerning acquisitions of businesses operating in the United Kingdom. The Impact: The government intends to expand the scope of acquisition...more

FTC settles Section 5 claims against company promoting schools to military servicemembers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has entered a proposed consent order with Victory Media, Inc. (VMI) to settle the FTC’s charges that VMI violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in deceptive acts or practices in connection with its promotion of...more

Transgender Men and Women in the U.S. Military: The Effect of the Presidential Memorandum

by Bowditch & Dewey on

What exactly is the effect of the Presidential Memorandum? Let’s take this step-by-step - To which military services does it apply?...more

For Government Contractors: Unsigned Claim Certification Is an Incurable Defect

In September, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) addressed the certification requirements under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). A motion to dismiss by the U.S. Government prompted the ASBCA to consider...more

Impact on military of CRA override of CFPB arbitration rule continues to be distorted

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Enough is enough! I recognize that reasonable minds can differ with respect to whether the Senate should override the CFPB arbitration rule. However, it is inexcusable when plaintiffs’ lawyers and consumer advocates...more

Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals Backlog Shrinks, But Challenges Remain

The ASBCA’s FY2017 Annual Report reveals interesting facts and trends for contractors deciding whether to litigate at the Board or the Court. The ASBCA’s 2017 annual report offers some revealing statistics concerning the...more

Today, President Trump Decertified the Iran Deal and Announced Tougher Sanctions on Iran

What does decertification mean? For the time being, decertification is a solely U.S. issue. Under the Iran nuclear agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), Iran agreed to limits on its nuclear...more

De-Certification and the Iran Nuclear Deal: The Beginning of the End, or Much Ado about Nothing?

by Hogan Lovells on

Press reports indicate that President Trump intends to “de-certify” the Iran nuclear deal this week. In practical terms, that means he would refuse to re-certify one or more statutory elements of a law passed by the U.S....more

Change comes to the Defense Security Service: The Transition from e-FCL and ISFD to NISS on October 30, 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

On October 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Security Service (DSS) will complete its transition to the National Industrial Security System (NISS). The NISS will replace two predecessor systems: the...more

DoD Issues Guidance for Compliance with Cybersecurity Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In recently released guidance, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) confirms a "one size does not fit all" approach to contractor compliance with its cybersecurity clauses that cover the safeguarding of contractor networks,...more

Department of Veterans Affairs Aims to Trump State Telemedicine Rules

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) is taking a significant step towards expanding needed services to Veterans by proposing a rule to preempt state restrictions on telehealth....more

DoD Contractor’s DFARS Cybersecurity Deadline

At this time last year, the Department of Defense issued a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) intended to better protect controlled data and national security networks from cybersecurity threats....more

Auto-finance companies agree to pay nearly $800,000 to settle Justice Department allegations regarding SCRA auto repossession...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The United States Department of Justice announced last week that Westlake Services LLC and its subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Capital LLC, have agreed to pay $760,788 to resolve allegations the companies violated the...more

MLA Compliance Deadline For Credit Card Accounts Is Tuesday, October 3

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Military Lending Act (MLA) will apply to credit card accounts starting Tuesday, October 3. The final rule took effect last October but provided a one-year exemption for “credit extended in a credit card account under an...more

Secretary Mattis to Convene Panel of Experts to Study Transgender Service in the Military – Can He Do That?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On August 25, 2017, President Trump released a memorandum banning transgender individuals from the military. Following this announcement, Secretary of Defense James Mattis (“Secretary Mattis”) said he would convene a “panel...more

FTC launches military task force webpage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has launched a new page on its website dedicated to its Military Task Force. According to the FTC, it created the Task Force “to focus on identifying the particular needs of military consumers and developing...more

Omaha Breach: Doctrine of First Breach May Hinge on Correct Contract Interpretation

Which party first breached a contract often plays a determinative role in assessing entitlement for damages in a contract dispute. This theory is often referred to as the First or Material Breach Doctrine....more

Protection of servicemembers, Equifax data breach provide mistaken justifications for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a mistaken attempt to justify the CFPB’s arbitration rule, supporters are pointing to the need to protect the rights of military servicemembers and the recent Equifax data breach. On September 20, Democratic Senator Jack...more

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