No Game-Changers in the Newly Revised ASBCA Rules

Last week the Defense Acquisition Regulations System issued new revisions to the Rules of the Armed Services Board of Contracts Appeals (the “Board” or “ASBCA”) previously published on May 2011.  These Rules apply to all appeals filed on or after the July 21, 2014, and will apply to “those appeals filed before that date, unless that application is inequitable or unfair.”

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari On False Claims Act Case Addressing Wartime Tolling and First-to-File Bar

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari On False Claims Act Case Addressing Wartime Tolling and First-to-File Bar

On July 1, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kellogg Brown & Root Services v. United States ex rel. Carter, a case from the Fourth Circuit raising two important questions under the False Claims Act (FCA) that together create the risk that FCA defendants may have to face continued qui tam lawsuits no matter how old the conduct in question.

White House Rural Council Forms Fund to Invest in Rural Infrastructure, Create Jobs

On July 24, The White House Rural Council officially announced the formation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. This fund will allow private entities to invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects nationwide. With an initial $10 billion being allocated to the fund, investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational facilities, rural water and wastewater systems, energy projects, broadband expansion, local and regional food systems, and other rural infrastructure.

Justice Department Issues Proposed Rule That Would Require Movie Theaters to Provide Captioning and Audio Description Listening Devices

Justice Department Issues Proposed Rule That Would Require Movie Theaters to Provide Captioning and Audio Description Listening Devices

On Friday of last week—the day before the ADA’s twenty-fourth anniversary—the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a proposed rule that would require movie theaters with digital screens (and possibly those with only analog screens) to show movies with closed captioning and audio descriptions (if available), and to purchase equipment that would allow the transmission of such information to moviegoers with hearing or sight disabilities.