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Adobe PDFTennessee Legislature Passes Certificate of Need Reform
J. Matthew Kroplin, Jerry W. Taylor; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2016, previously published on April 2016
This week, both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved legislation that will significantly reform Tennessee’s certificate of need (CON) program.


HTMLHouse Passes Cybersecurity Consortium Act
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2016, previously published on May 18, 2016
The House of Representatives passed the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act, which will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a consortium to address cybersecurity threats and incidents. The consortium would provide training to state and local first responders...


HTMLDHS Announces Public Hearings and Requests Comments on Handling of Critical Infrastructure Information
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 17, 2016, previously published on May 16, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that it will hold a series of public hearings and request comments on revising its regulations regarding the handling of protected critical-infrastructure information (“PCII”) in an automated and electronic format....


HTMLAttorney's Fees Under Florida's Public Records Act: Taking Intent Out of the Equation
Leonard J. Dietzen, Lindy K. Keown; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 25, 2016
In a move towards strict liability, a recent Florida Supreme Court holding allows no room for public agency error under Florida’s Public Records Act (“Act”). On April 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Florida issued on opinion in Board of Trustees, Jacksonville Police & Fire...


HTMLCabinet Office Amends Its Grant Agreements to Limit Lobbying
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 4, 2016
All government grant agreements will now include a clause which prevents government funding from being used to lobby for new regulation or to lobby for more government funding. The government argues that freedom of speech will be protected as the clause will not prevent charities from using money...


HTMLDepartment of Justice FCPA Pilot Program Outlines Incentives for Corporate Self-Disclosure and Cooperation: What's New and Will It Matter?
Theodore T. (Ted) Chung, Richard H. (Rick) Deane, Karen P. Hewitt, Henry Klehm, Hank Bond Walther; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 2016
On April 5, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") announced a one-year "FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program" to encourage voluntary self-disclosure, cooperation, and remediation (the "Pilot Program").[1] This effort is designed to boost enforcement by further incentivizing...


HTMLMike Lee Seeks Senate GOP Leadership
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 15, 2016
This week, Tea Party leaning Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), who has made a name for himself bucking leadership in the Senate, announced that he would run for Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman. This leadership slot is currently being occupied by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) who has said he is...


HTMLThe Ontario Government Introduces Proposed Changes to the Municipal Elections Act to Allow Ranked Ballots
Ajay Gajaria; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 12, 2016
On April 4, 2016, the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Hon. Ted McMeeken introduced Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016 ("Bill 181") which proposes changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c. 32, Sched. (the "Act").


HTMLChallenging Negative Performance Evaluations
Kathleen Hsu, Alan I. Saltman; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 28, 2016, previously published on March 4, 2016
In the course of evaluating the past performance of offerors competing for the award of a federal contract, agencies routinely examine performance evaluations contained in the government’s Past Performance Information Retrieval System (“PPIRS”). Information is available through...


HTMLGAO Says DOT Should Do More To Combat Real-World Cyberattacks
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 27, 2016
In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office asserted that more needs to be done by the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in preparing for and combating real-world cyberattacks on automobiles. Although there have been no such attacks...


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