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|Abuse and Fraud by Private Correctional Service Contractors Reported|
Robert J. Nelson; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014Abuses by private correctional service contractors of non-violent probationers is a growing problem, according to numerous media reports. These probationers have typically committed low-level offenses, such as failing to pay traffic tickets, driving without proof of insurance, shoplifting, or...
|Ferguson Unlikely to Lead to Change in Weapons Transfer Program|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014In the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri civil unrest a number of law-makers on both sides of the aisle are questioning the use of military equipment by local law enforcement and the federal program that offers such equipment to local police at a discount.
|Another Budget Battle Looming?|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014Some House Republicans—hopeful their party will take over the Senate majority—are now privately hedging on whether they should go along in September with passage of a continuing resolution (CR) that would expire in December, rather than some later date in 2015. If pushed into next year,...
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014The future of the United States Postal Service has long been a thorny issue for lawmakers on Capitol Hill and it appears members in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle are preparing to tackle the issue again.
|SEC Announces Municipal Advisor Examination Initiative|
Matthew Bobys, Kenneth A. Gross, Ki P. Hong, Melissa L. Miles, Patricia M. Zweibel; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014On August 19, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) will begin a two-year examination initiative (the initiative) through the National Exam Program (NEP) aimed at municipal advisors that are newly registered...
|REDMA - An Update|
Jennifer Hayes; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
August 25, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014On May 29, 2014, Bill 17, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, received Royal Assent, bringing into force several amendments and additions to the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (British Columbia) (“REDMA”) previously discussed in detail in my colleague Scott...
|Prosecutors are Entitled to Direct Access to Peace Officer Personnel Records|
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
August 25, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014Overview: A California appellate court held this week that prosecutors are entitled to direct access - without a Pitchess motion - to a peace officer’s personnel records to determine if there is any material subject to disclosure to the defense in a criminal case as required by the United...
|Federal Court Rejects Relator’s Swapping Allegations in False Claims Act Case|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
August 22, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014This week a federal district court in Ohio ruled in favor of Mobilex USA (Mobilex), the country’s largest mobile medical imaging company, on a motion for summary judgment in a False Claims Act (FCA) suit filed by a former employee, Kevin P. McDonough. McDonough accused Mobilex of...
|National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Adopts Corporate Governance Models|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014Models will allow for the annual collection of detailed information on insurers' corporate governance practices
|Financing Furnaces: What Should Utilities Consider?|
Jack J. Lah; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 14, 2014The natural gas boom our country has experienced over the past several years has been nothing short of impressive. We finally have the opportunity, if we choose to seize it, to attain true energy independence. In order to realize this independence, however, we need the cooperation of those in...