GAO Makes Rare Finding of Error in Past Performance Evaluation, and Underscores Incumbents Are Not Automatically Entitled to Highest Technical Rating

The GAO recently sustained a protest challenging the U.S. Coast Guard’s evaluation of past performance in a task order competition to obtain information technology support services under a multiple-award IDIQ enterprise acquisition gateway for leading edge solutions (EAGLE II) contract. Despite being decided in April, the decision was released recently to the public. View Full Post
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Trump Announces Two Key Trade Nominations and WTO Taps U.S. Trade Attorney for Deputy Director-General Post

According to a White House Statement issued on June 26th, President Donald Trump intends to nominate two important trade positions within the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) and the International Trade Commission (“USITC”). Peter B. Davidson, Senior Vice President for Congressional Relations at Verizon Communications, was selected by President Trump to be general counsel of Commerce.  View Full Post
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Retailers Grow Successfully by Introducing New Brands

As fashion retailers across the country jostle for market share in an ever-changing and ever-competitive marketplace, some retailers are trying to improve their bottom lines not by adjusting or expanding their offerings in each store but by opening differently branded stores separate from their flagship brands. View Full Post
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GAO: Agency Reasonably Concerned Over Lack of Price Increases

  We often discuss the need for government contractors to Read and React when responding to a proposal:  (1) Read the RFP and understand all of the requirements and limitations and (2) React to the RFP’s evaluation scheme by playing the appropriate strengths and minimizing weaknesses.  View Full Post
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How to Stop Your China Manufacturer from Selling Your Product to Others: Don’t Let This Happen to You

By | China Law Blog | June 28, 2017
Last year, in Your China Factory as your Toughest Competitor, I wrote about how our China lawyers have “gotten more calls in the last year from companies whose China factories are now directly competing with them than in probably the three years before that combined.” I went on to explain how “Chinese factories are more confident now than they have ever been about going out into the world with their own products, and more willing to toss their foreign customers to the curb early. View Full Post
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Canadian M&a Market Maintains Strong Position As Global Investment Destination

By | Deal Law Wire | June 28, 2017
According to reported results from E&Y’s recent Global Capital Confidence Barometer survey, Canada’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market is expected to remain strong despite the current climate of geopolitical uncertainty, with 62% of Canadian respondents actively pursuing deals (compared to 48% six months ago). View Full Post
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Rule 2: Navigating the Maze

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.         Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center and author of the Whistleblower’s Handbook, asserts that the history of whistleblower laws stems from an attempt to answer the question: “What to do if the boss is a crook?” Many employees see corrupt practices in the workplace but don’t report them because they fear retaliation. View Full Post
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