Government Articles

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July 15, 2008 – 1,522 views
Tamara McNulty - Duane Morris LLP
On June 9, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Allison Engine Co., Inc., v. U.S. Allison Engine was a test of the False Claims Act, which rewards whistleblowers who report when the U.S. government is being defrauded by those who do business with it. At issue was the question of whether the law covers only those cases in which a fraudulent bill is presented directly to the government or whether it could also cover situations in which government funds may be misspent, but the actual fraudulent bill is presented to a company or other institution that receives federal funds and not directly to the government. Full Story 
July 15, 2008 – 1,423 views
Matthew Lee and Tyler Brody - Blank Rome LLP
A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, United States v. Stringer, 521 F.3d 499 (9th Cir. 2008), gives government lawyers, and prosecutors in particular, significant latitude to conceal the existence of a criminal investigation from individuals and companies, and their attorneys, who are actively defending against a civil investigation initiated by a government agency. In the wake of Stringer, there exists a blurry distinction between what government lawyers are allowed to do and say in conducting parallel civil and criminal government investigations, and what may constitute bad faith and deceit that infringes on defendants’ constitutional rights. Full Story 
July 15, 2008 – 1,460 views
Frank Morris Jr. - Epstein Becker & Green P.C.
While economists debate whether the United States is in a recession, there is no doubt that business conditions have greatly deteriorated as a result of the subprime crisis, high oil prices and increasing inflation. There also can be no doubt that as employers consider possible reductions in force ("RIFs") in response, the Supreme Court’s decision in Meacham et al. v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, No. 06-1505, 553 U.S. ___ (June 19, 2008), has greatly increased the legal risk from RIF decisions. In Knolls, the court held in a 7-1 decision that employers bear the burden of proving a legitimate non-discriminatory reasonable factor other than age when a RIF has an adverse or disparate impact on employees 40 years of age or older. Full Story 
July 15, 2008 – 2,057 views
Andrew Galezioski, Lee Gibbs Depret-Bixio and Leigh M. Na - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, P.C.
President George W. Bush signed an executive order requiring all federal government contractors to use E-Verify to confirm the employment authorization of new hires and persons assigned to perform work on future federal contracts. E-Verify is the Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administraion to electronically verify employment eligibility of newly hired employees. Full Story 
July 12, 2008 – 1,464 views
Paul Josephson
The far better view, in our experience, is to treat redevelopers (and government contractors for that matter) just like all other citizens, and allow them to fully participate in the political process.  The ballot box remains the best and most efficient regulator of the conduct of elected officials.  Allow redevelopers and their professionals to make contributions and to solicit funds, subject to the same limits and rules as every other concerned voter or business.  Require them to fully disclose their contributions during the redevelopment process.  Allow voters to decide whether an elected official deserves to be reelected after balancing the merits of the redevelopment plan, the official's position on the plan, and the contributions he or she received.  Full Story 
July 11, 2008 – 1,267 views
Charles Davis
The American Civil Liberties Union today released thousands of pages of documents related to Navy investigations of civilians killed by Coalition Forces in Iraq, including the cousin of the Iraqi ambassador to the United States. Released today in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the ACLU filed in June 2006, these records provide a vivid snapshot of the circumstances surrounding civilian deaths in Iraq. Full Story 
July 11, 2008 – 1,478 views
An Opportunity Lost...A just completed study by the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government shows that federal departments and agencies have made little if any progress in responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, despite a two-year-old presidential order to improve service. The CJOG findings are in stark contrast to a bullish Justice Department report made public in mid-June that claims “remarkable improvements.” Full Story 
July 11, 2008 – 1,502 views
Charles Davis
A Vienna, Virginia, resident may pursue legal action against Fairfax County Public Schools after being told he had to turn off his video camera or leave Westfield High School during a meeting on the western county high school boundary study Dec. 3. Bruce Bennett had started to record one of 50 small group discussions taking place in classrooms at the event when a police officer summoned him to the hall and asked him to put his video camera away. Full Story