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|U.S. House Passes GMO Labeling Legislation|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
July 24, 2015, previously published on July 23, 2015Today the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150. Still a hot-button issue, opposition to the Act is emotionally charged, with those opposed to the bill calling it the “DARK” Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know Act). Supporters of the...
|Local Bid Protests - You Can Fight City Hall: Protesting Your County, Municipality, or District, Procurement Decisions|
Geoffrey D. Smith; Smith & Associates;
July 24, 2015This article provides a brief overview of local government bid protest procedures. Unlike the state bid protest process, which is primarily governed by Florida state statutes and rules1, and is discussed at length in our previous article, ¿Bid Protests: Know Your Rights - the Clock is Ticking¿ at...
|Trinity Homecare Settlement: Five False Claims Trends|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
July 16, 2015, previously published on July 15, 2015New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that his office had reached a $2.5 million settlement in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) case with Trinity HomeCare and its related entities. The case, filed as a qui tam action in federal district court in the Eastern District...
|UK Summer Budget Analysis|
Sophie Dworetzsky, Katie Graves, Christopher Groves, Philip Munro; Withers Bergman LLP;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 9, 2015Given a free hand after 5 years of coalition economics, George Osborne was very much expected to announce a truly Conservative budget. Did he?
|Switzerland UK Summer Budget 2015 Analysis|
Lindsay Brown, Markovitz Markovitz, David McLellan, Ian Perrett; Withers Bergman LLP;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 9, 2015The July Budget 2015 was one of the most eagerly anticipated UK Budgets in recent years. It was the first Budget to be delivered by a Conservative government since 1996 and there was much speculation in the media concerning the steps the Chancellor would introduce now that he is no longer subject...
|FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget|
George K. Atanasov, Julie Cox, Max Samels; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 13, 2015After many weeks of deliberation, the Massachusetts House and Senate sent a budget to Governor Baker’s desk. This budget passed the Senate 31-5 and the House 153-1 and represents a compromise between the House and Senate versions, described in previous ML Strategies advisories. A conference...
|False Claims Act: The Fourth Circuit’s Triple Canopy Decision|
Megan B. Caramore; Vandeventer Black LLP;
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 2015The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733, also known as the “Lincoln Law,” is a federal law that imposes liability on individuals and companies (often federal contractors) who defraud the government. The Act prohibits contractors from presenting the government with a false...
|Canadian Government Issues New Sanctions Against Russia|
Vincent DeRose, Jennifer Radford; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 13, 2015On June 29, 2015, the Canadian Government announced the imposition of additional sanctions against Russian individuals and organizations. This expansion of Canada’s economic sanctions against Russia is a response to what Prime Minister Stephen Harper has described as continued aggression in...
Sustainable Development Incentives: Three Cities, Three Strategies|
David M. Scott; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL;
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 9, 2015Cincinnati just became the first and only city in Ohio to offer tax incentives for projects that obtain Living Building Challenge certification. This watershed moment inspired Ohio Green Building Law to revisit sustainable development incentives offered by Ohio’s three major cities.
|MCDC Initiative Enforcement Actions Summary of Orders Regarding Underwriting Firms|
Brian J. Fender, Jennifer M. LaRocco; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 7, 2015On June 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced the first enforcement actions brought under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperative ("MCDC") Initiative. The actions involved 36 underwriting firms, each of which self-reported under the MCDC...