By now everyone has seen the video of the “idiot,” suitably described by a level headed and thoroughly professional USAirways flight attendant, being removed from a flight by emergency responders in blue hazmat suits.
Monday Morning Regulatory Review: Hobby Lobby Implementation; Jumping the Gun On a Final Rule; Extended Waters of the United States; And EPA Rules to Watch
Two highly technical cases from the past week illustrate the complexity of invoking federal jurisdiction to challenge administrative action: one, a failure to sufficiently allege that the harm was imposed by the governmental action and is redressable by the court, and the other an attempt to enforce an interpretation of potentially conflicting statues that would bar the administrative action before it becomes final.
The risks faced by investors, owners and contractors on large infrastructure projects in Asia, South America, Africa and other developing nations are varied.
This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) reported that the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria could be coming to an end, with no new Ebola cases since August 31, and the last patient under surveillance released on September 23.
Yesterday the Federal Election Commission adopted rules to implement the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
Colleges, universities and anyone offering postsecondary education, take note: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to target alleged unfair and deceptive practices related to the student loan and financial aid process.
California Requires Identity Theft Protection for Data-Breached Customers
FEC Updates Rules in Response to Citizens United and McCutcheon, Approves Request On Presidential Nominating Conventions
At today’s public meeting, the FEC updated its rules in response to the Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC, and approved an advisory opinion allowing the Democratic and Republican national party committees to establish separate committees to raise convention funds under a separate contribution limit.
Bottom Line Up Front: Contractors who provide labor, materials, or products to federal agencies that do not meet the specifications / qualifications called for by the contract are likely violating the False Claims Act.