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|State Controller Rolls Out an Open Data Website on Local Government Finances|
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014In a major move to enhance government transparency, State Controller John Chiang rolled out a new open data website last week that lists more than 13 million fields of financial data for cities and counties. The site, ByTheNumbers.sco.ca.gov, allows any person visiting the site to track revenues,...
|Once the Whistle Has Sounded: Courts Should Aggressively Enforce the False Claims Act's First-to-File Bar|
J. Andrew Jackson, Ryan P. McGovern, Dennis Murashko, Stephen G. Sozio, Tina M. Tabacchi; Jones Day;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 2014The False Claims Act's ("FCA") first-to-file bar—31 U.S.C. 3730(b)(5)—encourages a race to the courthouse to reward a qui tam relator who promptly discloses fraud against the government. The rule creates an incentive for relators to promptly alert the government to the...
|Ninth Circuit: Cities Must Have On-Street Disabled Parking|
Michael J. Maurer; Best Best Krieger LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that cities have an obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide on-street parking that is accessible to people with disabilities. In Fortyune v. City of Lomita, the plaintiff filed suit against the City alleging that none of the City’s...
|Both Chambers Pass CR|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014Thursday the Senate followed the House and voted to send President Obama a temporary spending bill—known as a Continuing Resolution (CR)—that was coupled with an authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels for combat against the Islamic State.
|Paycheck Fairness Act fails in Senate|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014On Monday, the Paycheck Fairness Act fell short of the 60 votes needed for passage in the Senate. By a vote of 52 to 40, the Senate rejected the act, which is part of Democrats' message to women in this year's midterm elections.
|Schumer-Durbin Target Earnings Stripping|
Jonathan Goldman; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014The change from summer to fall did nothing to alter the focus of the Congressional tax debate ¿ inversions. To that end, two Senators have introduced a new bill on “earnings stripping.”
|Lame Duck Session Planned|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014Congress will return Nov. 12 for leadership elections, new-member orientation, and a lame duck session that includes a number of must-pass bills. Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he plans to bring up marketplace-fairness legislation, which deals with Internet businesses and sales taxes, but...
|Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association September 15-16, 2014 Meetings Recap|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014The Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association ("FAJUA") held a series of meetings on September 15 and 16, 2014. A summary of each is below.
|Basin Electric Receives Federal Approval for Major Transmission Line|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) recently received federal approval for construction of a 200-mile transmission line in western North Dakota. The project, which will include 345 kV transmission lines, two new substations and modifications to three existing substations, will start...
|Department Of Revenue Announces New Procedure For Issuing Public Guidance|
Matthew R. Ottemann; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
September 22, 2014, previously published on Third Quarter 2014The Nebraska Department of Revenue has recently issued a new revenue ruling (Rev. Rul. 99-14-1) concerning the public disclosure of the Department’s legal guidance to taxpayers. This ruling creates new opportunities for you or your clients to request authoritative guidance from the Department.