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|SCOTUS Grants Certiorari to Two Immigration-Based Cases for 2015 Term: Will the Government Have to Explain Its Exercise of “Discretion”?|
Ian R. Macdonald, Shaun Staller; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014The United States Supreme Court is back in session as of last Monday, Oct. 6—often referred to as “First Monday” due to the fact that the term must begin on the first Monday of October by law. Among its roughly 50 case docket, featuring headliners that will refine Fourth Amendment...
|California Attorney General Clarifies Oversight Board Member Compensation Rules|
Amit Palta; Best Best Krieger LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014Local entities making appointments to oversight boards are prohibited from compensating the appointee, or reimbursing expenses incurred as a result of the service on the oversight board, the California Attorney General confirmed in an opinion issued last week. However, if the appointee is an...
|Obama to Wait On Attorney General Nominee|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014This week, sources in the White House confirmed that President Obama will wait until after the November mid-term elections to announce his choice to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General.
|California Takes Significant Strides Toward Design-Build|
A. Haviva Shane, Wendy Y. Wang; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014The adoption of Senate Bill 785 signifies strong movement toward authorizing design-build procurement in California at the state and local agency levels. SB 785, effective Jan. 1, repeals several design-build statutes previously adopted by the Legislature for the purpose of testing the...
|GM Weighs In On Net Neutrality|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014Cell phone carriers got a surprising new ally this week in their fight against stricter net-neutrality laws: General Motors (GM). The car company sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month urging the agency not to impose tough rules on wireless Internet service....
|October 2014 Update on Federal Budget Sequestration Affecting Build America Bonds and Other Direct Pay Bonds|
Joe E. Forrester, Christie Lombard Martin, Antonio D. Martini; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 2014As described in previous client advisories, direct pay bond subsidy payments are subject to sequestration through fiscal year 2024 unless Congress takes action to modify or eliminate the sequester. In a release issued on October 16, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the...
|District Court Dismisses State Parties’ Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5|
Matthew Bobys, Kenneth A. Gross, Ki P. Hong, Melissa L. Miles, Patricia M. Zweibel; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014On September 30, 2014, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Rule 206(4)-5 (Rule) for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The court found that jurisdiction for review of the Rule lies...
|Florida House Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli Announces Key Leadership Positions for 2014-2016 Legislative Term|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014Florida House of Representatives' Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) announced today, October 16, 2014, that he has chosen State Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) as his nominee for Speaker Pro-Tempore, and has appointed State Representative Dana Young (R-Tampa) as House...
|DOJ to Increase Scrutiny of False Claims Act Cases for Possible Parallel Criminal Proceedings|
Melissa H. Harris, Gerard E. Wimberly; McGlinchey Stafford;
October 22, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it would begin reviewing all new whistleblower lawsuits filed under the civil False Claims Act, to determine whether a parallel criminal investigation might be appropriate. This marks a significant departure from past...
|House Hearing on Ebola Preparedness|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014On Thursday, the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by GOP Rep. Tim Murphy(R-PA), held a hearing on Ebola. In particular the hearing examined the preparedness of the United States ports, point of entry, healthcare facilities and other institutions to identify,...