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Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Covers policy and political intelligence. By McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP.

http://www.politicsandlawblog.com
  • Sep 2

    The Long Term View: An MLA Public Policy Update on Long-Term Services and Support

    The Long Term View: An MLA Public Policy Update on Long-Term Services and Support
    By Dennis Smith Two hundred years ago last month, President Madison fled Washington as British troops invaded the Nation’s Capital. The White House and the Capitol were burned on August 24. A few weeks later, the bombardment of…
  • Aug 29

    Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the State

    Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the State
    By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan will fill the…
  • Aug 29

    Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

    Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up
    By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, the Congressional Budget Office released an update of its Budget and Economic Outlook,…
Rank this Week: 2555

Whistleblower Lawyer News

Whistleblower Lawyer News

Covers whistleblower and government law. By Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Newman & Associates.

http://www.whistleblowerlawyernews.com/
  • Sep 2

    Halliburton pays $1.1 Billion for damages from Deepwater Horizon spill

    Halliburton pays $1.1 Billion for damages from Deepwater Horizon spill
    Halliburton has agreed to pay a $1.1 billion settlement plaintiffs claiming damages resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. The moneys  will be used to pay off damage claims from property holders and commercial fisheries…
  • Aug 31

    End-of -life talks with doctors may soon be covered by Medicare

    End-of -life talks with doctors may soon be covered by Medicare
    According to an article in today’s New York Times, private insurers have started to reimburse doctors for advance care planning conversations about how chronically ill persons want to spend their final days. In addition, Medicare might…
  • Aug 29

    Pharma companies investing in Cannabis related treatment

    Pharma companies investing in Cannabis related treatment
    Pharmaceutical companies are starting to take notice of some of the potential health benefits to the components of Cannabis treatments. The initial findings are quite interesting. For example an Arizona-based specialty pharmaceutical…
Rank this Week: 2588

Lawfare

Lawfare

Coveres actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions, including cybersecurity, Guantánamo habeas litigation, targeted killing, biosecurity, universal jurisdiction, the Alien Tort Statute, and the state secrets privilege. By Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmith and Robert Chesney.

http://www.lawfareblog.com/
  • Sep 2

    Thoughts on the CA2 Argument on Section 215 in ACLU v. Clapper

    Thoughts on the CA2 Argument on Section 215 in ACLU v. Clapper
    I just finished watching the video of the Second Circuit’s argument in ACLU v. Clapper, the challenge to Section 215.  Here are a few impressions. While I don’t have a strong sense of how the court will rule, there was a…
  • Sep 2

    NSA’s Anne Neuberger Speaks at Long Now Foundation

    NSA’s Anne Neuberger Speaks at Long Now Foundation
    The National Security Agency’s Anne Neuberger, the director of the NSA’s Commercial Solutions Center, gave this seminar recently at the Long Now Foundation. Full video is available at the web site. Here’s the audio:
  • Sep 2

    Today’s Headlines and Commentary

    Today’s Headlines and Commentary
    Breaking News: ISIS has released a video that shows the murder of American journalist Steven Sotloff, the New York Times reports. In a previous video of the murder of American James Foley, ISIS had threatened to execute Mr. Sotloff if…
Rank this Week: 72

Constitutionalism & Democracy

Constitutionalism & Democracy

A law blog by Albany Law School Professor Stephen Gottlieb and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship James Gathii

http://constitutionalismanddemocracy.wordpress.com/
  • Sep 2

    Forcing us to Live in an Immoral World

    Forcing us to Live in an Immoral World
    We are increasingly being forced to live in an immoral world. The radical wrong has hijacked the very idea of morality so that it no longer has anything to do with helping our neighbor. We’re not supposed to lift a collective finger for…
  • Aug 26

    Regionalism vs. the Environment

    Regionalism vs. the Environment
    There’s been news recently about a decline in gas prices. Hallelujah? Or oh my God! Decline in prices means more people will build energy inefficient homes and invest in gas guzzling machinery or businesses. Some will benefit, but the…
  • Aug 19

    American scientific capital

    American scientific capital
    A panel at a national meeting of historians I attended was devoted to the relation between the study of history and STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One speaker explained that practical skills were widespread…
Rank this Week: 4010

Legislation Law Prof Blog

Legislation Law Prof Blog

Edited by Sara K. Rankin, Joel Rogers, Kevin Barry and Emily Benfer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legislation_law/
  • Sep 2

    California Legislature Passes first "Yes Means Yes" Bill

    California Legislature Passes first "Yes Means Yes" Bill
    Last week, the California legislature passed an affirmative consent sexual assault bill. Called the "Yes Means Yes" bill, the legislation requires "students engaging in sexual activity [to obtain] 'affirmative consent' from both parties…
  • Aug 30

    Homelessness as a Protected Class?

    Homelessness as a Protected Class?
    According to the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), in 2013 there was a 23.8% increase in number of violent attacks on people experiencing homelessness. Of the 2013 attacks, 16% resulted in the death of the homeless individual.…
  • Aug 28

    NYC’s Poor Door and the Future of Affordable Housing Policy

    NYC’s Poor Door and the Future of Affordable Housing Policy
    Advocates often discuss our two-tiered society and nowhere is this more apparent than in New York City. The City recently approved a plan for a luxury building on the Upper West Side. The property will have 219 market-rate units with...
Rank this Week: 3176

Gavel to Gavel

Gavel to Gavel

Covers trends in legislative activity as it relates to the courts. By the National Center for State Courts.

http://gaveltogavel.us/
  • Sep 2

    Tennessee Amendment 2: Governor appoints appellate judges in most states, but is often restricted to list given by commission

    Tennessee Amendment 2: Governor appoints appellate judges in most states, but is often restricted to list given by commission
    The first clause of Tennessee’s Amendment 2 vests with the Governor the power to appoint appellate judges Judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court shall be appointed for a full term or to fill a vacancy by and at…
  • Sep 2

    Tennessee Amendment 2: Looking at all four elements of ballot item this week

    Tennessee Amendment 2: Looking at all four elements of ballot item this week
    At issue on Tennessee’s Amendment 2 is how should the judges of the state’s three appellate courts (Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Criminal Appeals) be chosen. Amendment 2 includes four components, some of which…
  • Aug 29

    Nevada Question 1: Arguments against

    Nevada Question 1: Arguments against
    Nevada’s official voters guide provides proponents and opponents of the creation of an intermediate appellate court for Nevada space for their arguments. Yesterday I looked at proponents. Today, opponents. Details below the fold.…
Rank this Week: 1565

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Sep 2

    CFPB issues report on employee financial wellne

    CFPB issues report on employee financial wellne
    Barbara S. Mishkin Last week, the CFPB published a report entitled “Financial wellness at work” that reviews “promising practices to promote financial wellness in the workplace.”  The CFPB’s research found…
  • Aug 29

    HMDA proposed rule published in Federal Register

    HMDA proposed rule published in Federal Register
    Jared Kelly The proposed rule amending the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and its implementing regulation, Regulation C, was published in the Federal Register today. As such, the official comment deadline will be October 29, 2014. We previously…
  • Aug 28

    CFPB announces higher education memorandum of understanding

    CFPB announces higher education memorandum of understanding
    John L. Culhane, Jr. The CFPB announced that it has entered into a “Joint Higher Education Memorandum of Understanding” with the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense (DOD), and Education (ED) as part of a joint effort by…
Rank this Week: 1040

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

Covers federal policy and regulatory developments related to hydraulic fracturing. By Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • Sep 2

    Agreement Leads to Withdraw of Anti-Fracking Measures in Colorado

    Agreement Leads to Withdraw of Anti-Fracking Measures in Colorado
    A group pushing two anti-fracking measures in Colorado has withdrawn the initiatives after reaching a deal with Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who agreed to create a task force to make recommendations on how to minimize land-use conflicts in…
  • Aug 6

    Commerce Department Places Severe Restrictions on Fracking Equipment Sales to Russia

    Commerce Department Places Severe Restrictions on Fracking Equipment Sales to Russia
    This post was prepared by guest bloggers Eric McClafferty (202-342-8841) and Michael Dobson (202-342-8517), attorneys in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Export Controls and Compliance Practice. Earlier today, the Bureau of Industry…
  • Aug 4

    Court Upholds Local Fracking Bans in New York State

    Court Upholds Local Fracking Bans in New York State
    FrackingInsider has provided a few updates on the status of two municipal bans on hydraulic fracturing in the towns of Dryden and Middlefield in New York State (see our previous coverage here, here, and here). Last month, the New York State…
Rank this Week: 2522

New York Public Personnel Law

New York Public Personnel Law

Provides summary and commentary on selected court and administrative decisions and related matters affecting public employers and employees in New York State. By Harvey Randall, Esq.

http://publicpersonnellaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 17

RegBlog

RegBlog

A regulation blog, in affiliation with the Penn Program on Regulation. From the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

http://www.regblog.org/
Rank this Week: 380

Discourse.net

Discourse.net

By University of Miami law professor Michael Froomkin. Covers civil liberties, the Internet, Guantanamo, Iraq attrocities, politics and more.

http://www.discourse.net/
  • Sep 1

    Secured?

    Secured?
    I’ve purchased a certificate for the blog so it can run on SSL/TLS, ie have an https address. Little did I know how much grief this would cause. However, I only locked myself out of the blog once, and with … Continue reading…
  • Sep 1

    Tech Progress Report

    Tech Progress Report
    Blog migrated to a new server. Many things still flaky. Along the way I learned that I had 2.2 GB — yes gigabytes — of useless accumulated metadata for comments, caused by getting 1.5 million 2.1 million or so sp*m ……
  • Aug 29

    Could Be A Long Weekend

    Could Be A Long Weekend
    Gonna do radical stuff under the hood of the blog. Expect flaky behavior until I sound the all clear. Best case: all goes smoothly tomorrow and blog stops crashing. Worst case: on Monday I’m back where I started.
Rank this Week: 40

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Covers military law for trial practitioners and military members. By The Law Office of Philip D. Cave.

http://www.court-martial-ucmj.com/
  • Sep 1

    They’ve already made up their mind

    They’ve already made up their mind
    How many times during a trial do you try to guess what the members are thinking, and what their decision is – I would suggest we do that many times throughout a trial.  We do this because we are responding to a client’s…
  • Aug 30

    Prosecutors favorite-we’ve always done it that way

    Prosecutors favorite-we’ve always done it that way
    Friend Christian Capece liked a post on Linked-In “The most dangerous phrase is, “we’ve always done it that way.”” That amused me because it immediately brought to mind United States v. Fosler. And Fosler came to…
  • Aug 29

    The ambiguity of consent or lack of consent in sexual assault case

    The ambiguity of consent or lack of consent in sexual assault case
    The title of the article which is a must read: Honest False Testimony in Allegations of Sexual Offences.
Rank this Week: 448

New York Zoning and Municipal Law…

New York Zoning and Municipal Law Blog

Covers adverse possession, environmental law, municipal law, zoning and land use. Published by Silverberg Zalantis.

http://blog.szlawfirm.net/
Rank this Week: 3397

El Blog de Derecho Publico de…

El Blog de Derecho Publico de Sevach

Covers public law and legislation. By Professor J.R. Chaves.

http://contencioso.es/
  • Aug 31

    Sobre sentencias materialmente injusta

    Sobre sentencias materialmente injusta
        Parece que el penúltimo post titulado ¿ Da el Derecho la felicidad? ha llamado la atención en las redes sociales en cuanto afirmaba la existencia de “sentencias formalmente impecables pero…
  • Aug 31

    NOTICIERO: Convocadas oposiciones al Cuerpo Superior de Administradores Civiles del Estado

    NOTICIERO: Convocadas oposiciones al Cuerpo Superior de Administradores Civiles del Estado
    Convocadas las oposiciones para el cuerpo superiorvde administradores civiles del Estado : ocasión oara acceder a un cuerpo de prestigio, aunque nada fácil
  • Aug 26

    ¿ El Derecho da la felicidad ?

    ¿ El Derecho da la felicidad ?
    El Derecho no da la felicidad pero a los operadores juridicos ( abogados y jueces) les proporciona bienestar emocional, aunque no pocas decepciones.
Rank this Week: 700

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

Covers False Claims Act and related statutes. By Ben Vernia.

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
Rank this Week: 452

The TSA Blog

The TSA Blog

Covers innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process. By the Transportation Security Administration.

http://blog.tsa.gov/
Rank this Week: 4211

Corruption Chronicles

Corruption Chronicles

Covers government transparency, accountability and integrity. By Judicial Watch.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/
  • Aug 29

    Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border

    Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border
    Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement,…
  • Aug 28

    DOJ to Give Leftist Groups Cut of B of A Settlement

    DOJ to Give Leftist Groups Cut of B of A Settlement
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) keeps giving radical leftist groups that support President Obama huge amounts of cash collected from big banks to settle discrimination and mortgage abuse lawsuits filed by the government. Judicial Watch first…
  • Aug 26

    Muslim Activists Demand Overhaul of All U.S. Law Enforcement Training

    Muslim Activists Demand Overhaul of All U.S. Law Enforcement Training
    Islamic activists that strong-armed the FBI to purge anti-terrorism training material considered “offensive” to Muslims have made their next wave of demands, which include an overhaul in the way all law enforcement officers are…
Rank this Week: 1232

National Indian Law Library --…

National Indian Law Library -- News

Covers Native American legal issues, published by the National Indian Law Library, a public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law.

http://nilllibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 29

    NILL added new content to 6 Indian Law Bulletins on 8/29

    NILL added new content to 6 Indian Law Bulletins on 8/29
    * U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/2014cta.htmlWhite v. University of California (Native American Graves and Repatriation Act) McAllen Grace Brethren Church v. Salazar (Religious Freedom Restoration Act,…
  • Aug 21

    NILL added new content to 5 Indian Law Bulletins on 8/21

    NILL added new content to 5 Indian Law Bulletins on 8/21
    * State Courts Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2014state.htmlCases featured: In re Alexandria P. (Indian Child Welfare Act, placement) Grace L. v. State, Dept. of Health & Social Services, Office of Children's Services…
  • Aug 14

    NILL added new content to 5 Indian Law Bulletins on 8/14

    NILL added new content to 5 Indian Law Bulletins on 8/14
    * State Courts Bulletinhttp://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2014state.htmlCases featured: South v. Lujan (sovereign immunity, application of state law) In re Isaiah W. (Indian Child Welfare Act, timely appeal) * United States Federal…
Rank this Week: 1839

Lobby Comply Blog

Lobby Comply Blog

Covers campaign finance, lobbying, procurement and ethics laws. By State and Federal Communications, Inc.

http://stateandfed.com/lobbycomply/
  • Aug 29

    See You Next Week

    See You Next Week
      Lobby Comply will be taking a one-week break. We’ll be back on Friday, September 5 with our weekly News Continued on Next Page
  • Aug 29

    NYT Declines to Endorse Cuomo in Primary

    NYT Declines to Endorse Cuomo in Primary
    The New York Times Editorial Board has declined to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the New York gubernatorial primary election. Continued on Next Page
  • Aug 29

    Maine Ethics Commission Eliminates Per-Election Limit for 2014 Election

    Maine Ethics Commission Eliminates Per-Election Limit for 2014 Election
    The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously on August 27, 2014, to no longer enforce certain provisions of Maine’s campaign finance Continued on Next Page
Rank this Week: 444

Small Government Contracts Blog

Small Government Contracts Blog

Offers legal news, notes and commentary of interest to small government contractors. By Steven Koprince.

http://smallgovcon.com/
  • Aug 29

    GAO: Agency Reasonably Considered Subcontractor’s Experience

    GAO: Agency Reasonably Considered Subcontractor’s Experience
    Absent an express prohibition in the solicitation, the experience of a proposed subcontractor may be considered by an agency in determining whether an offeror meets the solicitation’s experience requirements. In a recent bid protest…
  • Aug 29

    Thank You, Indian Country!

    Thank You, Indian Country!
    I am back in Kansas after spending two days at the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma.  On the first day of the summit, I gave a luncheon keynote on legal updates in government contracting.  The second day, I gave a…
  • Aug 26

    Prime Doesn’t Submit Teaming Agreement, Loses Evaluation Credit

    Prime Doesn’t Submit Teaming Agreement, Loses Evaluation Credit
    A prime contractor submitting a proposal for a design-build project was not entitled to take advantage of the experience of its designer because the prime failed to submit a teaming agreement between itself and the designer. In a recent bid…
Rank this Week: 1858

AOTUS - Collector in Chief

AOTUS - Collector in Chief

Covers National Archives news. By David S. Ferriero of the National Archives.

http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/
  • Aug 29

    Happy Labor Day!

    Happy Labor Day!
    “A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.” -Grover Cleveland Public Law 53-95: An Act Making Labor Day a Legal Holiday, June 28, 1894 General Records of the U.S.…
  • Aug 22

    Happy Birthday, Annie Oakley!

    Happy Birthday, Annie Oakley!
    Letter to William McKinley offering to raise a troop of 50 lady sharpshooters to fight the Spanish American War.  They would provide their own rifles and ammunition.  Unfortunately, women were not allowed to serve at that point in…
  • Aug 18

    Special Visitor

    Special Visitor
    Tracy Bray contacted us recently and wondered if she could bring her father and family for a special visit to the National Archives in Washington.  It was a surprise for her father, Harry Edward Neal Jr.  The documents have special…
Rank this Week: 4031

New Jersey Senate Republicans

New Jersey Senate Republicans

Provides legislative support to teh Republican senators in the Legislature of the State of New Jersey.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=Rr9IF0xl3RGXd835_w6H4A
  • Aug 29

    Allen Announces Legislation, Photo Contest to Save Animals in Need of a Home

    Allen Announces Legislation, Photo Contest to Save Animals in Need of a Home
    Senator Diane Allen, joined by her colleagues Senators Jennifer Beck, Joe Kyrillos, Anthony Bucco, Robert Singer, Dawn Addiego, Joe Pennacchio, Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., announced legislation and a photo contest…
  • Aug 28

    Singer, Kean, Rible Statement on Passing of Aaron Sofer

    Singer, Kean, Rible Statement on Passing of Aaron Sofer
    Senator Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible (R-30) issued the following statement today regarding the death of Lakewood’s Aaron Sofer. The body of Lakewood resident Aaron Sofer was found in the Jerusalem Forest on…
  • Aug 28

    NJ State PBA and NJFMBA Back Pennacchio’s Plan to Allow Slots at Racetrack

    NJ State PBA and NJFMBA Back Pennacchio’s Plan to Allow Slots at Racetrack
    Two of the state’s largest public sector unions have endorsed SCR-134, a constitutional amendment proposed by New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Essex/Passaic) that would give the Legislature the authority to…
Rank this Week: 642

The Albany Government Law Review…

The Albany Government Law Review Fireplace

The Albany Government Law Review runs this student written and edited law blog engaged in substantive law review-like legal analysis and academic speculation.

http://aglr.wordpress.com/
  • Aug 28

    DEC: Clean Your Boat!

    DEC: Clean Your Boat!
    By: Jeffrey Pritchard, Albany Government Law Review On January 9, 2014, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the text of a proposed rule which aims to fine boaters for the failure to clean and drain a…
  • Aug 28

    DEC: Clean Your Boat!

    DEC: Clean Your Boat!
    By: Jeffrey Pritchard, Albany Government Law Review On January 9, 2014, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the text of a proposed rule which aims to fine boaters for the failure to clean and drain a…
  • May 14

    Allowing Employers to Make Tangible Employment Decisions Based on an Employee’s Use of Tobacco

    Allowing Employers to Make Tangible Employment Decisions Based on an Employee’s Use of Tobacco
    By Cameron Betterley, Albany Government Law Review I. A Widespread Problem             The devastating health effects of tobacco use are well documented and widely known. Tobacco use…
Rank this Week: 2374

Oregon Legal Research

Oregon Legal Research

Features news, tips, and information about Oregon legal research.

http://blog.oregonlegalresearch.com/
  • Aug 28

    Federal Circuit Court Oral Argument Feed

    Federal Circuit Court Oral Argument Feed
    A Fastcase blog post alerts us to this high cool-factor federal circuit court oral argument feed: Arguments: An index of oral arguments from federal courts, updated every 15 minutes. Fastcase blog homepage.
  • Aug 28

    Mandatory eFiling for Oregon Attorneys, December 1, 2014

    Mandatory eFiling for Oregon Attorneys, December 1, 2014
    Excerpt from the CJ announcement (link from Oregon LPM blog): “Mandatory eFiling Plan for Attorneys Filing in Oregon State Courts Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer, Oregon Supreme Court, has approved a plan for the move to a mandatory…
  • Aug 28

    PI Buzz Skip-Tracing Tips: Yelp & Craig’s List

    PI Buzz Skip-Tracing Tips: Yelp & Craig’s List
    PI Buzz is always worth reading. The latest tips include these: Background People Using Yelp How do I search Craig’s List
Rank this Week: 3638

Health Industry Washington Watch

Health Industry Washington Watch

Covers U.S. legislative and regulatory developments affecting the life sciences and health care industry. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.healthindustrywashingtonwatch.com/
  • Aug 28

    More Changes to Sunshine Act "Open Payments" Timeline

    More Changes to Sunshine Act "Open Payments" Timeline
    On August 28, 2014, CMS announced the latest changes to the deadlines associated with the Sunshine Act “Open Payments" System review and dispute process resulting from additional system down-time. Specifically, because the system…
  • Aug 26

    FDA Seeks Comments to Updated Guidance on Informed Consent in Clinical Trial

    FDA Seeks Comments to Updated Guidance on Informed Consent in Clinical Trial
    This post was written by Jennifer Pike and Vicki Morris. Earlier this summer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft 42-page "Informed Consent Information Sheet" that provides guidance for institutional review boards (IRBs),…
  • Aug 21

    CMS Fingerprint-Based Background Checks are Underway - Impacting "High-Risk" Providers and Supplier

    CMS Fingerprint-Based Background Checks are Underway - Impacting "High-Risk" Providers and Supplier
    CMS's long-awaited fingerprint-based background check screening process is underway for certain “high-risk” providers and suppliers participating in federal health care programs (specifically, Medicare, Medicaid, and the…
Rank this Week: 2693

Infra Insight Blog

Infra Insight Blog

Covers infrastructure news, policy and industry developments. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.infrainsightblog.com
  • Aug 28

    FTA Publishes Guidance on Joint Development

    FTA Publishes Guidance on Joint Development
    Earlier this week, on August 25, 2014, the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) published Circular 7050.1, providing much anticipated guidance for grantees interested in pursuing joint development projects within FTA’s…
  • Aug 22

    The Texas Department of Transportation and Abrams-Kiewit Joint Venture Reach Agreement on the Loop 375 Border Highway West Extension Project

    The Texas Department of Transportation and Abrams-Kiewit Joint Venture Reach Agreement on the Loop 375 Border Highway West Extension Project
    On August 22, 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation and Abrams-Kiewit Joint Venture (Developer) reached commercial close on the Loop 375 Border Highway West Extension Project (Project).  The contract, which includes design-build…
  • Aug 7

    OCTA 91 Express Lanes Bonds Get 2 A's from S&P

    OCTA 91 Express Lanes Bonds Get 2 A's from S&P
    In an historic move, Standard & Poor’s upgraded the Orange County Transportation Agency SR91 Express Lanes Toll Revenue Bonds to “AA-”, making it one the highest rated managed lanes projects in the world.  The bonds…
Rank this Week: 1710

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • Aug 28

    When parents retire, SSI recipients should update look at their beneit

    When parents retire, SSI recipients should update look at their beneit
    Are you thinking about starting to collect your Social Security retirement benefits soon?  When the parent of an SSI recipient retires, there may be an opportunity for the child to apply for Social Security Disabled Adult Child Benefits…
  • Aug 27

    VA Form 21-0958 (Notice of Disagreement) Compatibility Issues and Simple Solution

    VA Form 21-0958 (Notice of Disagreement) Compatibility Issues and Simple Solution
    Since the Department of Veterans Affairs released the standardized Notice of Disagreement (VA Form 21-0958) in February 2013, hundreds of veterans have contacted me because they have been unable to download the form through the VA website at…
  • Aug 27

    Not all Discretionary Trusts are Special Needs Trust

    Not all Discretionary Trusts are Special Needs Trust
    Over the years in my practice I have encountered many situations in which a discretionary trust was written into a Will to receive the inheritance of a person who had disabilities. Often the testator (person who was signing the Will) ……
Rank this Week: 3359

Public Blawg

Public Blawg

Cover eminent domain, labor and employment, land use, public power, redevelopment and taxation. By Meyers Nave.

http://www.publiclawnews.com/blogs/public-blawg
  • Aug 27

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Reasonable Restrictions on Solicitation of Funds at LAX

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Reasonable Restrictions on Solicitation of Funds at LAX
    August 27, 2014, by Jennifer E. Faught, Margaret Rosequist Last week, the Ninth Circuit decided the final piece of a decades-old solicitation case, International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California,…
  • Aug 27

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Reasonable Restrictions on Solicitation at LAX

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Reasonable Restrictions on Solicitation at LAX
    August 27, 2014, by Jennifer E. Faught, Margaret Rosequist Last week, the Ninth Circuit decided the final piece in a decades-old solicitation case, International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California,…
  • Aug 8

    Ninth Circuit Expands Judicial Scrutiny of CERCLA Settlement

    Ninth Circuit Expands Judicial Scrutiny of CERCLA Settlement
    August 8, 2014, by Gregory J. Newmark, Sarah N. Quiter The Ninth Circuit recently issued an opinion that emphasizes the obligation of district courts to independently review the adequacy of proposed consent…
Rank this Week: 2027

White Collar Alert

White Collar Alert

Provides news and insight to counsel and legal observers concerning white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, government litigation and regulatory compliance. By Montgomery McCracken.

http://whitecollarblog.mmwr.com
  • Aug 27

    Third Circuit Issues Cautionary Tale for Appellate Waiver

    Third Circuit Issues Cautionary Tale for Appellate Waiver
    As we’ve written about before, federal prosecutors generally require a waiver of certain appellate rights in connection with a plea deal.  Yesterday, the Third Circuit issued an opinion that explores what happens when a criminal…
  • Aug 18

    The Gov. Rick Perry Indictment: Another Weak Case that Shouldn’t Have Been Charged

    The Gov. Rick Perry Indictment: Another Weak Case that Shouldn’t Have Been Charged
    The news outlets exploded this weekend with commentary on the Gov. Rick Perry indictment, and the criticism was fast and swift to deem it a very weak case. On Friday, Perry was indicted on two felony counts that arose from … Continue…
  • Aug 14

    Federal Lawsuit Highlights Powerful Civil Forfeiture Tool

    Federal Lawsuit Highlights Powerful Civil Forfeiture Tool
    This post was co-authored by White Collar Alert contributor, Erin Dougherty. In a federal complaint filed on Monday, three Philadelphia homeowners whose homes have been targeted for state civil forfeiture have sued the city of Philadelphia,…
Rank this Week: 2289

Hot Button Blog

Hot Button Blog

By Cozen O'Connor.

http://www.hotbuttonblog.com
  • Aug 27

    Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 21, 2014

    Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 21, 2014
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made announcements this week regarding the Open Payments system and the availability of Affordable Care Act (ACA) Consumer Assistance Program grant funds, issued a request for additional…
  • Aug 12

    Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 12, 2014

    Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 12, 2014
    August recess has begun on Capitol Hill. Congressmen and women and senators are home in their districts and states, and Capitol Hill staffers are catching up on piled up work. Nonetheless, last week Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) released…
  • Aug 4

    Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 4, 2014

    Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 4, 2014
    Congress begins its summer recess this week, but last week legislators were busy holding hearings on management issues regarding HealthCare.gov, introducing legislation to increase payments to primary care doctors under Medicaid, and voting…
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Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Aug 27

    Bagasse to the Rescue!

    Bagasse to the Rescue!
    By Kristine Edwards When I first visited the Crystal Mine site (part of the Basin Mining Area Superfund Site in Jefferson County, Montana) back in 2006, I was so shocked by how bad it looked that I vowed to myself to get it cleaned up before…
  • Aug 26

    (A Student’s) Green Shopping Guide

    (A Student’s) Green Shopping Guide
    By Stephanie Businelli Congratulations! You fought through your SATs, got your diploma, and are now heading towards “the best four years of your life,” more commonly known as college. If you’re a student who plans to live on…
  • Aug 25

    Green Your Dorm (or Home!) with Our Back to School Pinterest Board

    Green Your Dorm (or Home!) with Our Back to School Pinterest Board
    By Stephanie Businelli It’s that time of year again! The summer is slowing down and if you are a high school graduate heading to college, chances are you are frantically buying items from that (never-ending) list of dorm essentials.…
Rank this Week: 249

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Covers legal issues related to corporate malfeasance and protection of whistleblowers. Published by the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund.

http://www.whistleblowersblog.org/
  • Aug 26

    SEC Whistleblower Awards List August 2014

    SEC Whistleblower Awards List August 2014
    The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary…
  • Aug 21

    IRS Whistleblower Office New

    IRS Whistleblower Office New
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen issued an August 2014 policy statement expressing his strong support for the work the IRS Whistleblower Office.  We hope that the IRS will act in conformance with this policy statement and…
  • Aug 20

    WMATA Pays $5.6 Million to Settle False Claims Act and Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

    WMATA Pays $5.6 Million to Settle False Claims Act and Whistleblower Retaliation Suit
    Washington, D.C. August 20, 2014.  The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) has paid $5.6 million to the United States, the District of Columbia, and Shahiq Khwaja to resolve whistleblower claims brought by…
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Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Provides updates and commentary on whistleblower cases. By McCabe Rabin, P.A.

http://www.whistleblowerquitamlawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 26

    Health System Settles False Claims Act Case for $98.15 Million

    Health System Settles False Claims Act Case for $98.15 Million
    Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CMS”) has agreed to settle several whistleblowers’ qui tam lawsuits  that it violated the False Claims Act and the Stark Law. According to its website, CMS is one the nation’s…
  • Aug 21

    US Intervenes in False Claims Case Against Military Contractor

    US Intervenes in False Claims Case Against Military Contractor
    The United States government has intervened in a whistleblower’s qui tam lawsuit alleging that military contractors Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (“Sikorsky”), Sikorsky Support Services, Inc. (“Sikorsky…
  • Aug 13

    Do I Have a Whistleblower Claim?

    Do I Have a Whistleblower Claim?
    In order to determine if you have a whistleblower claim, you should ask yourself these 5 basic questions.
Rank this Week: 2265

Subject to Inquiry

Subject to Inquiry

Looks at white collar, congressional, SEC, energy enforcement and other government inquiries. By McGuireWoods.

http://www.subjecttoinquiry.com/
Rank this Week: 2346

PA Public Contracts

PA Public Contracts

Covers public bidding and contracting in Pennsylvania. By Christopher I. McCabe.

http://www.papubliccontracts.com/
  • Aug 26

    Commonwealth Court: Bidder Qualification Criteria Can Be Waived Under Gaeta Decision

    Commonwealth Court: Bidder Qualification Criteria Can Be Waived Under Gaeta Decision
    If a public entity issues a bid and specifies that bidders must have certain minimum experience, can the public entity waive those requirements for the low bidder?  In my view, the answer is no. Ordinarily, specified qualification…
  • Jul 17

    Commonwealth Court Reaffirms No Right To Hearing On Protest Filed Under Pa. Procurement Code

    Commonwealth Court Reaffirms No Right To Hearing On Protest Filed Under Pa. Procurement Code
    Is there a right to a hearing on a bid protest filed under the Pa. Procurement Code? The answer is no. In a recent, unreported decision involving a contract issued by the Philadelphia Parking Authority for a new red light camera system in the…
  • Jul 10

    Public Bidding 101: Are Proprietary Specifications Permissible?

    Public Bidding 101: Are Proprietary Specifications Permissible?
    On a public bid can a public entity direct a contractor to furnish and install equipment made by only one manufacturer?  This question is raised often by clients who complain when the specifications they are bidding against are…
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Dissenting Justice

Dissenting Justice

Provides commentary on law, politics and justice. By Professor Darren Hutchinson.

http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 25

    Obamacare v. Affordable Care Act

    Obamacare v. Affordable Care Act
    Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes about Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor's political advertisement that touts his vote for the "Affordable Care Act." As Dionne reports, polls... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Aug 25

    Election Day Tomorrow - Florida Democratic Governor's Primary

    Election Day Tomorrow - Florida Democratic Governor's Primary
    Tomorrow, Florida Democrats will choose a candidate to challenge incumbent Governor Rick Scott. Although Scott's first term was plagued with corruption, constitutional violations, and widespread... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Jan 7

    Is Florida Governor Rick Scott Controlling the Search for a New President at FAU?

    Is Florida Governor Rick Scott Controlling the Search for a New President at FAU?
    The Board of Directors of Florida Atlantic University has released the names of 10 finalists for the school's next president. The list contains some interesting demographics. First, only two... To view the rest of this article, please…
Rank this Week: 266

Federal Regulations Advisor

Federal Regulations Advisor

Provides insights and commentary on U.S. government regulatory affairs. By Leland E. Beck.

http://www.fedregsadvisor.com/
Rank this Week: 825

Legistative History and Intent

Legistative History and Intent

Covers important state and federal legislative history. From Legislative Intent Service, Inc.

http://www.legintent.com/news/
  • Aug 22

    Are You Breaking These Weird Laws?

    Are You Breaking These Weird Laws?
    People all over the world seek help from law professionals to interpret and understand legal statutes and legislative history — and with good reason. Legal English is very different from standard English, with its own dictionary and a…
  • Aug 21

    Three Laws So Weird You Almost Want to Break Them

    Three Laws So Weird You Almost Want to Break Them
    It can be pretty difficult to understand the legislative intent of any particular legal statute for a variety of reasons. First of all, many legal statutes are written in Legal English, a dialect of lawyers in English-speaking countries…
  • Jul 29

    Dividing the state: An old idea is new again

    Dividing the state: An old idea is new again
        You may have heard about it: Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper wants to divide California into six separate states, and he wants Californians to vote on the issue. Earlier this year, supporters of the proposed ballot measure…
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Pay to Play Law Blog

Pay to Play Law Blog

Covers pay-to-play legislative developments. By McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

http://www.paytoplaylawblog.com/
  • Aug 22

    MSRB Looks to Extend Pay-to-Play Regulation to Municipal Advisor

    MSRB Looks to Extend Pay-to-Play Regulation to Municipal Advisor
    This week, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) requested public comment on draft amendments it is proposing to its rules regulating pay-to-play practices. Here, the MSRB is proposing a revision to Rule G-37 so as to extend its…
  • Aug 11

    State Party Committees Challenge Constitutionality of SEC Pay-to-Play Rule 206(4)-5

    State Party Committees Challenge Constitutionality of SEC Pay-to-Play Rule 206(4)-5
    And so it begins… On Friday, the New York and Tennessee state Republican parties, led by the very able Jason Torchinsky, filed a complaint in District of Columbia federal court challenging both the constitutionality and administrative…
  • Jul 1

    “It’s About to Get Real Up in Here”

    “It’s About to Get Real Up in Here”
    Former CalPERS CEO to Plead Guilty in Pay-to-Play Case Last week we highlighted the case of TL Ventures to warn of the large enforcement claim staked by the SEC in connection with Rule 206(4)-5 of the Advisers Act. Not to be outdone by a…
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The Poblete DC Dispatches

The Poblete DC Dispatches

Features updates on regulatory and public policy matters in Washington, DC in national security, trade, and international law.

http://jasonpoblete.com/
  • Aug 21

    Right Now the Cuban People Need Tor, Twitter, Not Google Chrome

    Right Now the Cuban People Need Tor, Twitter, Not Google Chrome
    For more close to thirty years, Yleem and I have studied, and in some cases lived, the U.S.-Cuba policy and political process. We’ve seen more highs than lows, as well as a good share of amusing moments. And, at times,…
  • Aug 20

    Gaza, Hamas, North Korea and Beyond

    Gaza, Hamas, North Korea and Beyond
    The Times of Israel ran an op-ed today by DC Dispatches author Dr. Yleem Poblete. The former Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee discusses how the Gaza conflict impacts beyond the greater Middle East region and why the…
  • Aug 20

    Radical Islamist Jihadists, The Energizer Bunnies of Terror

    Radical Islamist Jihadists, The Energizer Bunnies of Terror
    An American journalist – James Wright Foley – was beheaded by people that the Obama Administration refuses to call radical Islamist jihadists. This episode, and others like it the past few weeks in that part of the world, reminds…
Rank this Week: 470

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Covers governance in higher education and in law firms, bankruptcy ethics, popular culture and the law, Enron and other corporate fiascos, and professional responsibility generally. By Nancy Rapoport, a law professor at UNLV's Boyd School of Law.

http://nancyrapoport.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 19

    Am I a bit OCD about writing? Why, yes. Yes, I am.

    Am I a bit OCD about writing? Why, yes. Yes, I am.
    Proof?  My latest proofreading affidavit for my students (here).
  • Aug 19

    Dear Apple: fool me once, shame on you; fool me EIGHT TIMES, shame on me.

    Dear Apple: fool me once, shame on you; fool me EIGHT TIMES, shame on me.
    I give up.  I have owned eight of your Airport Time Machines.  Eight.  And the number of them that have failed catastrophically?  EIGHT, including the replacement one that the Apple Genius gave me yesterday (w/o a receipt,…
  • Aug 18

    Bravo, Steven Lubet!

    Bravo, Steven Lubet!
    His post over at The Faculty Lounge is superb in its dissection of the Salaita issues.  My only tiny quibble is that I'm totally ok with Illinois's decision not to hire Salaita.
Rank this Week: 568

Legislative Blog

Legislative Blog

The official Americans United blog on legislation and activities of lawmakers.

https://www.au.org/blogs/legislative
  • Aug 19

    Join Us on Twitter to #FixHobbyLobby

    Join Us on Twitter to #FixHobbyLobby
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeIn the wake of the troubling Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, Congress introduced a bill to prevent employers from using religion to deny essential health care coverage to their employees.The Not My Boss’…
  • Aug 15

    August Recess: Take Action in Your State!

    August Recess: Take Action in Your State!
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeLet your U.S. Representative and Senators know how important church-state separation is to you.In the month of August, members of Congress leave the District and head back to enjoy summer in their home states. This…
  • Apr 30

    School Vouchers Still Not Working

    School Vouchers Still Not Working
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeTaxpayers should not fund programs that claim to provide great opportunity for vulnerable students when they actually may provide a worse education.Legislators around the country continue to push for private school…
Rank this Week: 3014

Whitcomb Law Blog

Whitcomb Law Blog

Covers government procurement.

http://whitcomblawpc.com/legal-blogs/
  • Aug 15

    Copyright and a Monkey “SELFIE”

    Copyright and a Monkey “SELFIE”
    Complicated Copyright? Imagine this: a man is on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi taking photos of crested black macaques, when one of the monkeys takes the man’s camera and snaps a couple hundred photos. This isn’t the…
  • Aug 7

    Government Contracts Buzz

    Government Contracts Buzz
    Are Government Contracts Worth the Hype? This week brought with it two notable news stories in the world of government contracts and procurement.  The first ties into an ongoing international tax law issue and the second…
  • Jul 31

    Trademark Trolls: Two Countries…One Tesla Trademark

    Trademark Trolls: Two Countries…One Tesla Trademark
    It is without a doubt that Tesla Motors Inc. has taken over the electric car market. Being the first fully electric spots car with an IPO that raised $226 million for the company when it launched its initial public offering on the NASDAQ, it…
Rank this Week: 3023

Maryland Social Security…

Maryland Social Security Disability Lawyers Blog

Covers workers' compensation, injury, and government law. By Steinhardt, Siskind and Associates, LLC.

http://www.marylandsocialsecuritydisabilitylawyers.com/
  • Aug 13

    Statute of Limitations Issues in Maryland Medical Malpractice

    Statute of Limitations Issues in Maryland Medical Malpractice
    Statute of limitations issues can play a big part in your lawsuit. In medical malpractice lawsuits especially, it is important to consult an attorney as soon as you are aware you might have a claim. Your attorney will likely need time to…
  • Aug 10

    Maryland Notice Requirement When Suing a Local Government Entity for Negligence

    Maryland Notice Requirement When Suing a Local Government Entity for Negligence
    In a recent case, a Maryland driver and passenger sued Dorothea Maynor, the driver of another car, for negligence. Maynor sued the mayor and City Council of Baltimore. The case arose when Maynor was driving in Baltimore City and entered…
  • Aug 10

    How Are Maryland Permanent Partial Disability Benefits Capped?

    How Are Maryland Permanent Partial Disability Benefits Capped?
    In a recent case, a Maryland appellate court looked at how an injured worker’s permanent partial disability benefits are capped. The question was whether they were capped by the state average weekly wage in effect on the injury date, or…
Rank this Week: 3242

Local Open Government Blog

Local Open Government Blog

Covers legal issues on open government laws in Washington state and the rest of the nation. By Foster Pepper.

http://www.localopengovernment.com/
  • Aug 12

    Recommended Reading: Ethics and the Public Disclosure Act

    Recommended Reading: Ethics and the Public Disclosure Act
    Foster Pepper's Regulatory & Government Affairs practice recommends reading, "Does Media Coverage of School Shootings Lead to More School Shootings?" to stay up-to-date on conversation related to the Public Disclosure Act. The Stranger…
  • Aug 4

    Court Of Appeals Holds Records Subject To Protective Order As Unduly Burdensome Not Exempt Under The Public Records Act

    Court Of Appeals Holds Records Subject To Protective Order As Unduly Burdensome Not Exempt Under The Public Records Act
    In Washington State Department of Transportation v. Mendoza de Sugiyama (Division II), a former employee brought an employment action against the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and requested certain records in pretrial…
  • Jul 31

    Recommended Reading: Open Public Meetings Law

    Recommended Reading: Open Public Meetings Law
    Foster Pepper’s Regulatory & Government Affairs practice recommends staying updated on state open public meetings law and reading the most recent development as reported by Justin Runquist of The Columbian. Washougal mayor: Council…
Rank this Week: 4764