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|U.S. Government Accountability Office--Approaches to Budgeting for Disasters in Selected States|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
May 14, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015Florida was among 10 states recently reviewed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office ("GAO") in an effort to gain a better understanding of states' approaches to budgeting for disaster costs, with the goal of informing Congressional consideration about the balance between federal...
|Maryland’s New False Claims Act: Is It Enough?|
Steven A. Allen, Elliott D. Petty, Gregory S. Weiner; Pessin Katz Law, P.A.;
May 14, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015Maryland Senate bill 374 (cross filed with House bill 405) has made its way to Governor Larry Hogan’s desk for signature. Championed by Attorney General Brian Frosh, the bill expands Maryland’s False Claims Act from its current posture of only applying to false claims made against a...
|FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget|
George K. Atanasov, Julie Cox, Max Fathy, Amarynth Sichel; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
May 14, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015On April 29 the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $38.1 billion spending plan for FY2016 by a unanimous vote of 158-0. Over roughly 28 hours of sessions, the House dispensed with over 1,000 amendments to pass a final budget that spends $10 million less than Governor Baker’s...
|Limitations Act Amendments|
Marco M. Baldasaro; McLennan Ross LLP;
May 13, 2015, previously published on February 23, 2015On December 17, 2014 the Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, SA 2014 c 13 received Royal Assent. Among other things, the enactment modifies the Limitations Act, RSA 2000, c L-12 and clarifies the limitation period for contribution claims made pursuant to the Tort-Feasors Act, RSA 2000, c T-5.
|CONCESSION LAW NEWS: GAO Reiterates Its Jurisdiction to Hear Bid Protests Regarding Some NPS Concessions Contracts; but Totally Denies the Protest|
Alan I. Saltman; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
May 13, 2015A Government Accountability Office (GAO) bid protest decision issued last week in DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., reveals that the National Park Service (NPS) is continuing its approach of thumbing its nose at GAO. That is, asserting once again, that GAO does not have jurisdiction over...
|Deadline: Bureau of Economic Analysis Filing Deadline is May 29, 2015|
David S. Robinson; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 5, 2015The US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collects data on U.S. Direct Investment Abroad (USDIA).
|Amendment to the Guarantees Acknowledgment Act (Alberta)|
Maria Doerksen, Edward A. Wooldridge; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 12, 2015, previously published on April 28, 2015The Notaries and Commissioners Act (the “NCA”) will come into force on April 30, 2015. It repeals the Commissioners for Oaths Act and the Notaries Public Act and enforces consequential amendments to the Guarantees Acknowledgment Act (the “GAA”).
|Administrative Dismissals: A Decidedly Defence Perspective|
Bianca Pedro; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
May 12, 2015, previously published on May 04, 2015In the past several years, administrative dismissal orders have become a routine existence, if not an annoyance, at various stages of the litigation process. At times for the defence, however, they have also become intertwined with the fabric of a file's overall strategy. Sometimes this has meant...
|New York Governor’s Budget Proposal Could Result in Major Expansion of State’s Lobbying Law|
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
May 12, 2015, previously published on February 26, 2015On Feb. 20, 2015, the Governor of New York State announced a series of ethics reforms as part of his budget proposal amendments. Most of the proposed statutory changes pertain to new disclosure obligations for public officials who maintain outside employment, and penalties for failure to comply....
|In With The New... Democratic Party - NDP Majority Elected In Alberta|
Colin MacDonald, Beth Reimer-Heck, Alan L. Ross; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 12, 2015, previously published on May 07, 2015Political change has come to Alberta. On May 5, 2015 the Alberta Progressive Conservative party lost its four-decade hold on power, ushering in a majority NDP government that has pledged to raise corporate taxes and reassess oil and gas royalties. Canada’s oil industry now faces a new era of...