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|“How Dare You Charge That for a Spare Part!” - The Untold Story of the X27 Interface Assembly|
John W. Chierichella; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 21, 2014The pricing of spare parts has been a subject of Government criticism for decades. Pick up any DCAA or IG audit report relating to spare parts or any intra-agency memorandum on the topic and you will sense the dudgeon with which the Government reacts to the prices of those parts.
|Can a Member of Local Bank Board Serve on the Board of a Hospital Service District?|
Jacob Simpson; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
December 5, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014According to the Louisiana Board of Ethics a bank board member can serve on the board of directors for a hospital service district. See La Ethics Opinions 2002-094 and 2002-197, relying on La R.S. 39:1233.1.
|Ontario Government Re-Introduces Broader Public Sector Accountability Legislation Affecting Health Sector Organizations|
Meghan Lindo; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014On July 8, 2014, the Ontario government re-introduced Bill 8, formerly Bill 179, which proposes to amend several laws affecting health sector organizations. If enacted, Bill 8 will expand government oversight of broader public sector organizations including hospitals, community care access...
|The Secret to Starting a Cross-Border Investigation|
Juan C. Castañeda; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014They come without notice and under the cover of night. They are sometimes in unmarked envelopes or conveyed through whispered phones calls and very often from your very own employees. They are allegations of corruption, fraud and criminal conduct.
|Last Call for Certain Permit Extensions|
Alexander Dobrev, Gary M. Kaleita, Adam R. Lewis; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
December 5, 2014, previously published on December 3, 2014A new law that passed during the last Florida legislative session offers a great opportunity for builders and developers, as well as lenders who have taken over entitled property, to extend applicable permits with relatively minimal effort. However, the hard deadline to take advantage of this...
|Appeal from an Adverse Action under the National Organic Program - a Procedural Primer|
Gene Summerlin; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 17, 2014Everyone makes mistakes, right? Even the National Organic Program (“NOP”), a state official in a State organic program, or a private organic certification agency can misinterpret a rule or regulation resulting in harm to an organic producer, processor or manufacturer. So, what should...
|Canada Introduces Economic Sanctions for South Sudan|
Vincent DeRose, Jennifer Radford; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 18, 2014In response to the continuing conflict in South Sudan, including allegations of crimes against humanity, the Government of Canada has implemented targeted sanctions against particular individuals believed responsible for the violence. These new sanctions are effective as of October 23, 2014.
|Out of State Companies: Beware of the Gift Restrictions to Louisiana's Public Servants under Louisiana's Code of Governmental Ethics|
Richard G. Passler; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 19, 2014Louisiana’s Code of Governmental Ethics (“Ethics Code”) has gained some renown as one of the most restrictive in the nation. The restrictions can be quite difficult to follow and even what can seem like clear language permitting certain gifts can, and has been, interpreted...
|Why You Should ALWAYS Utilize Passcodes|
Justin M. Lugar; Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014While we wait for the days of retina scanners to unlock our smartphones -- á la movies like Batman (1966 version), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and GoldenEye (1995) -- we must wrestle with whether or not to enable our devices with the now standard thumbprint security...
|2015 Proxy Season Developments|
Robert Buckholz, Catherine M. Clarkin, Jay Clayton, Audra D. Cohen, H. Rodgin Cohen; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
December 4, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014On Thursday, the New York City Comptroller, on behalf of the $160 billion New York City Pension Funds, announced a broad initiative to give shareholders the right to nominate directors at U.S. companies using the corporate ballot. By submitting proxy access shareholder proposals to 75 companies at...