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|Public Bodies Prohibited from Requiring Community Members to Disclose Address Before Public Comment|
Emily Perkins, Melissa Schoenbein; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 2015Public Access Opinion 14-009 recently established that a public body cannot require a person to disclose his or her address during the public comment portion of an open meeting. This binding opinion, published on September 4, 2014, serves as a warning to public bodies that their actions will be...
|White House Memo Will Impact How Federal Contractors Can Use Drones|
Anthony H. Anikeeff, Robert E. Korroch, Kevin D. Pomfret; Williams Mullen;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015There has been a great deal written about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) recent release of proposed regulations concerning the commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - or drones. Much of what has been written has quite accurately pointed out that the proposed...
|Governor Tom Wolf Releases First Budget (2015-2016)|
Linda T. Ambroso, Steven D. Irwin; Leech Tishman;
March 24, 2015Today, March 3, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf presented the General Assembly with his first budget. Wolf’s plan plugs a $2B hole in the state’s finances while boosting support to education and reducing taxes on businesses and property owners. Tax increases on natural gas extraction...
|Edward DeLisle and Maria Panichelli Team with Onvia to Publish Periodical Government Contracting Series, Legal Landscape|
Edward T. DeLisle, Maria L. Panichelli; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 6, 2015Exciting news! We recently teamed up with Onvia, a well-known government contracting resource delivering the necessary data, business intelligence, analytics and tools to help clients succeed in the government market. In addition to our continued posts on this blog, we will now be publishing a...
|The 4th Circuit Expands Liability Under the False Claims Act|
Edward T. DeLisle, Amy M. Kirby; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015On January 8, 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision in United States v. Triple Canopy, which broadened the reach of the False Claims Act (FCA) by embracing the theory of implied certification. While it is too early to speculate about the impact of the decision, it...
|Review of New Illinois Laws: Local Government|
Heyl Royster Voelker Allen Professional Corporation;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 2015Audit Disclosure. The auditor for a county or municipality must provide a copy of the management letter and audited financial statements to each member of the county or municipal board and discuss the audit with the board in person or electronically. If the county or municipality has an Internet...
|What We Can Learn from PennDOT's Award of the First Rapid Bridge Replacement P3 Project |
Anthony L. Byler, Jason C. Tomasulo; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
March 24, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015In the first significant public private partnership (“P3¿) infrastructure project in Pennsylvania, PennDOT recently selected Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (“Plenary Walsh”) for award of the Rapid Bridge Replacement program. Under the P3 agreement, Plenary Walsh is required...
|Medtronic Pays $2.8 Million to Resolve Off-Label Medicare False Claims Case|
Wendy R. Fleishman; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 6, 2015As noted in numerous news stories today, Minnesota medical device manufacturer Medtronic will pay $2.8 million to the U.S. Justice Department to settle a False Claims Act case alleging the company paid doctors tens of thousands to recommend an unapproved medical procedure that was not shown to be...
|EEOC FY 2014 Statistics Are Here: What Do They Mean for Employers?|
Evan J. Shenkman, Evan J. Shenkman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 8, 2015The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just released its fiscal year (FY) 2014 enforcement and litigation statistical report for the private sector. Presented annually, the report always contains some nuggets for employers and employment attorneys, and this year’s is no...
|DHS Funding Hangs In Balance While Congress Squares Off Over Executive Action on Immigration|
Justin Coffey, Lowell Sachs; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
March 23, 2015, previously published on March 3, 2015A chess match continues to be fought in Congress over the fate of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The standoff is over disagreement as to whether President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by attempting to bypass Congress and put into effect a collection of...