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|Mexico’s New Anti-Corruption Legal Network|
Carlos A. Chavez; JATA - J.A. Treviño Abogados S.A. de C.V.;
July 26, 2016, previously published on Summer 2016As a result of the joint and persistent efforts made by the Mexican public and private groups with the purpose of implementing a comprehensive and effective anti-corruption reform that could battle the overspread corrupt practices across most of the economic areas of the country, the Mexican...
|High Court Clarifies False Claims Act Ramifications for Government Contractors and Others|
Stanley A. Millan, Chad V. Theriot; Jones Walker LLP;
July 19, 2016, previously published on June 29, 2016Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States, Ex. Rel. Julio Escobar, --- U.S. ---(June 16, 2016), handed down a significant interpretation of the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §3729, et seq.) resolving conflicts among the federal circuit courts of appeal. This follow-up Alert emphasizes...
|OMB Renews OFCCP’s Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing Until 2019|
Hera S. Arsen, T. Scott Kelly; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
July 14, 2016, previously published on July 1, 2016On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) renewed the Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing for three years. As a result, as of July 1, OFCCP will begin using the renewed...
Begins for Louisiana's Medicaid Expansion|
Catherine Breaux Moore; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
June 17, 2016, previously published on June 2016Beginning June 1, 2016, Louisiana residents with a household income below 138 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible to obtain healthcare coverage through the state’s Medicaid program. On January 12, 2016, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order to expand the Medicaid...
|Law Enforcement Cannot Freeze Assets Not Tied to Crimes, Supreme Court Rules|
Paul V. Kelly, Ramsay C. McCullough; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
April 19, 2016, previously published on April 1, 2016The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-to-3 decision, has ruled that federal law enforcement may not freeze an accused’s assets needed to pay criminal defense lawyers if the assets are not linked to a crime. Luis v. United States, No. 14-419 (Mar. 30, 2016).
|Temporary Staffing Agencies May Require Contractor Licensure, Depending Upon Project Location, and the Answer in Virginia Remains Unclear|
Gretchen M. Ostroff; Vandeventer Black LLP;
February 24, 2016, previously published on February 1, 2016Virginia’s contractor licensing requirements do not specifically address licensure of temporary staffing agencies; but several other states with similar licensing requirements have held that temporary staffing agencies must be licensed as contractors if they supply laborers to construction...
|The FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act’s Substantial Impact On Federal Procurement—Part II|
Elana Broitman, Melissa P. Prusock, Michael J. Schaengold; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 5, 2016, previously published on January 27, 2016The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (S. 1356), signed into law Nov. 25, 2015, includes major procurement-related reforms. See P.L. 114-92. Most (but not all) of the procurement related provisions are included, as usual, in Title VIII—Acquisition Policy, Acquisition...
|2016 NDAA Makes Critical Changes To Small Business Government Contracting Program|
Ryan C. Bradel, Przemyslaw Kozdoj; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
January 6, 2016, previously published on December 18, 2015Late last month Congress enacted and the President signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (the “2016 NDAA”) (Pub L. No. 114-92) and, as has been the case with the annual National Defense Authorization Acts in recent years, the 2016 version contains several provisions that...
|“Ban the Box” May Soon Be the Law for Government Contractors|
Bradley C. Tobias; Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP;
December 8, 2015Many employers are starting to see the term “ban the box” creep into the lexicology of phrases and buzzwords which permeate the regulatory framework imposed on government agencies and government contractors. Across the country, 19 states and more than 100 cities and counties have...
|Sometimes Ignorance or Mistake is a Defense to a Whistleblower Qui Tam Claim|
Bruce E. Reinhart; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
December 8, 2015, previously published on December 4, 2015As qui tam whistleblower cases under the federal False Claims Act proliferate, a government contractor or healthcare provider may best be able to defend itself by showing that it made reasonable, good-faith efforts to comply with legal or contractual requirements, even if its actions ultimately did...