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|Brexit in the Supreme Court|
Addiped Cheng, Declan Grady, Gillian Sproul; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2017, previously published on January 25, 2017The UK Supreme Court yesterday decided that a parliamentary vote is needed before the UK government can trigger Brexit, dismissing the UK government's appeal against an earlier High Court decision to the same effect. Despite the constitutional significance of the Supreme Court decision, in practice...
|Proposed Changes to Federal Lease Accounting Standards|
Susan Elliott, Lori Ann Lange; Peckar & Abramson A Professional Corporation;
February 15, 2017, previously published on January 2017The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) has proposed amendments to federal lease accounting standards found within Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standard (SFFAS) 5, ‘Accounting of Liabilities of the Federal Government,’ and SFFAS 6, ‘Accounting for...
|The Future After Being First: Why I’m Hopeful About The Next Four Years|
Kimbrely Dandridge; Butler Snow LLP;
February 15, 2017, previously published on January 20, 2017In the past year, but particularly in the months since November 9, we have been forced to deal with the harsh reality that our nation is severely divided. Our generation, in partnership with our first Black president, has pushed society toward social justice and change, yet it is clear that racism...
|The False Claim Act: The Government’s Sledgehammer Just Got Bigger|
James R. Harvey; Vandeventer Black LLP;
February 10, 2017, previously published on December 2016The False Claims Act (FCA) has long been the United States Government most effective tool for dealing with fraud in government contracting, and that tool is now more powerful than ever. Originally enacted during the Civil War to combat war profiteers, it allows the government to seek criminal and...
|The Hurdles for Trump's EPA|
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
February 10, 2017, previously published on January 2017The new Trump administration has made repeated statements regarding overly burdensome environmental regulations. For example, in his “Contract with the American Voter,” Trump pledged to lift restrictions on the production of energy reserves — including shale, oil, natural gas and...
|Mental Health, Baker Act and Firearms: What's an Agency to do?|
J. David Marsey; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
February 9, 2017, previously published on January 10, 2017Florida’s law enforcement agencies are frequently presented with calls for service involving individuals threatening others or themselves. When qualifying conditions are met, officers may involuntarily commit those who pose a danger to themselves or others in order to obtain professional...
|WCAG 2.0 AA Gains Prominence as Website Accessibility Standard|
David H. Raizman, Jennifer S. Rusie; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
February 9, 2017, previously published on January 13, 2017The U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) finalized a regulation this week that will make the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) Level AA the design standard when interpreting and implementing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,...
|New Far Clause Heightens Cybersecurity Standards for Contractors’ Information Systems|
Blake R. Christopher; Vandeventer Black LLP;
February 9, 2017, previously published on January 2017Earlier this year, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a Final Rule adding a new clause to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) --- FAR 52.204-21, which, in short, imposes fifteen specific requirements for contractor information systems possessing or transmitting “Federal contract...
|2017 Virginia Legislative Forecast|
Deborah M. Casey, Jeremy R. Moss; Vandeventer Black LLP;
February 9, 2017, previously published on January 2017Today is the day. At noon today (January 11, 2017) the Virginia General Assembly will be called to order and the 2017 session will begin. As a bi-yearly, “short session,” the 2017 Session will span only 45 days and the General Assembly will consider between 2500 and 3400 bills...
|In a Case Affording a “Second Bite at the Apple,” the Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court Vacates its Holding that a Supply Agreement’s Termination Fee Was not Triggered|
Shaw Fishman Glantz Towbin LLC;
February 8, 2017, previously published on February 2017In her January 18, 2017 letter order, President Judge Jan R. Jurden vacated her April 8, 2016 oral ruling denying Rockline Industries, Inc.’s (“Rockline”) motion for partial summary judgment. Alltrista Plastics, LLC d/b/a Jarden Plastic Solutions v. Rockline Industries, Inc., C.A....