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HTMLNYS “Ethics Reform” Legislation Imposes New Requirements on Political Consultants, State Independent Expenditure Committees, PACs, and other Political Committees
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 11, 2016, previously published on June 24, 2016
In the final hours of the 2016 New York State legislative session, legislation summarized by the Governor and Legislative Leaders as a “5 Point Ethics Reform Plan,” was introduced at the request of the Governor. This legislation that passed at the end of the Legislative Session and is...

 

HTMLTexas Federal Court Declines to Apply State Law Privilege in False Claims Act Case
Joshua L. (Josh) Fuchs, Jane W. Walker, Molly M. Wilkens; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
July 11, 2016, previously published on June 2016
The Eastern District of Texas reminded practitioners that it is an uphill battle to use a state law privilege as a shield in qui tam False Claims Act cases. The court held that West Virginia's statutory bank examiner privilege did not apply to documents related to West Virginia's investigation of...

 

HTMLNYS “Ethics Reform” Legislation Overturns Ethics Commission’s Definition of Grassroots Lobbying; Changes Standards for Disclosure of Sources Funding to Lobbying and Advocacy Groups; Adjusts Commission Procedures and Penalties
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 11, 2016, previously published on June 24, 2016
In the final hours of the 2016 New York State legislative session, a bill summarized by the Governor and Legislative Leaders as a “5 Point Ethics Reform Plan,” was introduced at the request of the Governor. This legislation that passed at the end of the Legislative Session and is...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Unanimously Backs ‘Implied Certification’ Liability under False Claims Act
Sarah C. Baskin, Thomas Dorer, David R. Jimenez, Jeremy S. Schneider, Joseph C. Toris; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 11, 2016, previously published on June 17, 2016
Federal contractors may be subject to liability under the federal False Claims Act for violating regulatory requirements not expressly stated in their contracts, according to U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services v. Escobar, No. 15-7 (June 16, 2016). The Court unanimously...

 

HTMLDon't Forget Louisiana's Governmental Ethics Law When Hiring Governmental Employees
Richard G. Passler; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 7, 2016, previously published on June 2016
Are you a private corporation? Are you thinking about hiring an individual currently employed by the State of Louisiana, one of its Parishes, or some other local governmental entity? If so, please remember to consult your lawyer responsible for advising you on Louisiana’s Code of Governmental...

 

HTMLA Refresher on the Test for Gross Negligence: Zaravellas v. Armstrong, 2016 ONSC 3616
Rebecca Bush, Jonathan Chen; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2016, previously published on June 10, 2016
In a recent slip and fall decision, Zaravellas v. Armstrong, 2016 ONSC 3616, the Court found that the City of Toronto (the "City") sidewalk in question was not in a dangerous condition and that the City was not grossly negligent. Note that this decision also includes reasons for...

 

HTMLThird Time's a Charm for Net Neutrality: D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC's Reclassification of Broadband
Michael B. Hazzard, Bruce A. Olcott, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2016, previously published on June 2016
After seven years and three tries, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") appears to have found the winning combination for a defensible net neutrality policy. In a sweeping 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the 2015 "Open Internet...

 

HTMLDot Your i’s and Cross Your t’s Before Service: It Could Be Worth $2.5 Million
Carol Thetford Montgomery; Butler Snow LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2016, previously published on May 2, 2016
When De Gazelle Group, Inc. sought to use FedEx for service of process of a Saudi Arabian company, Tamaz Trading Establishment, it reliably arrived at the Saudi Arabian post office. In fact, a Tamaz agent, seeking legal representation, even called De Gazelle’s lawyer stating that he received...

 

HTMLProvince Introduces Bill 204, "Promoting Affordable Housing Act" to Permit Inclusionary Zoning
J. Pitman Patterson, Isaac Tang, Stephen F. Waqué; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2016, previously published on June 9, 2016
On May 18, 2016, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing introduced Bill 204, Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016. Bill 204 is intended to address affordable housing issues by providing a legislative framework that enables inclusionary zoning in Ontario. Inclusionary zoning allows...

 

HTMLHouse Passes Bill to Delay Ozone Rule
Christopher Barron; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 21, 2016, previously published on June 8, 2016
On Wednesday, the House passed a bill - introduced by Rep. Pete Olsen (R-TX) - allowing states to delay implementation of the EPA's ozone rule issued in October of 2015. The measure also extends the time frame for mandatory reviews of air quality standards from five to 10 years.

 


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