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HTMLFPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
The Fair Political Practices Commission has initiated a proactive approach to auditing and investigating gift reporting failures by government officials, focused on local government entities (most prevalently school districts). This project has resulted in scores of officials being fined and...

 

HTMLCalifornia Takes Significant Strides Toward Design-Build
A. Haviva Shane, Wendy Y. Wang; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
The 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...

 

HTMLCalifornia Attorney General Clarifies Oversight Board Member Compensation Rules
Amit Palta; Best Best Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014
Local 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...

 

HTMLObama to Wait On Attorney General Nominee
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
This 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.

 

HTMLGM Weighs In On Net Neutrality
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
Cell 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....

 

HTMLHouse Hearing on Ebola Preparedness
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
On 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,...

 

HTMLDOJ to Increase Scrutiny of False Claims Act Cases for Possible Parallel Criminal Proceedings
Melissa H. Harris, Gerard E. Wimberly; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014
The 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...

 

HTMLFlorida House Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli Announces Key Leadership Positions for 2014-2016 Legislative Term
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014
Florida 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...

 

HTMLDistrict 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;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014
On 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...

 

HTMLFederal Judge Rules to Allow Extrapolation on More Than 50,000 Patient Admissions in FCA Case
Samantha P. Kingsbury, Ellyn L. Sternfield; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
Last week, a Tennessee federal district court judge ruled that government attorneys can extrapolate from a small sample of billing statements to over 50,000 patient admissions by Life Care Centers of America, Inc. (a nursing home operator) to try to hold Life Care Centers liable under the False...

 


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