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Air Force General Counsel Blog

Air Force General Counsel Blog

Covers legal issues faced by military lawyers, including the law of armed conflict, cyberlaw, military justice, and international law.

http://afgeneralcounsel.dodlive.mil/
  • Apr 2

    Signing Off

    Signing Off
    As our readers are no doubt aware, in recent months the Air Force has announced significant reductions to manpower and personnel, and our office is not exempt from these reductions. Due to reduced resources, the General Counsel's office is…
  • Apr 1

    And the Band Played On – Climate Change and Climate Adaptation

    And the Band Played On – Climate Change and Climate Adaptation
    Two public events involving climate change and national defense coincided this week. The first involves Secretary of Defense Hagel and USAID Administrator Shah highlighting climate change's role in increasing regional political instability…
  • Mar 28

    “milCloud” – Competing against the Private Sector?

    “milCloud” – Competing against the Private Sector?
    On March 18, the Defense Information Systems Agency (“DISA”) announced the milCloud service, a government-operated cloud tailored to DoD needs. Two computing centers have implemented milCloud for DoD’s unclassified network…
Rank this Week: 2864

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/
  • May 19

    Paying Homage to Margaret Cross Norton

    Paying Homage to Margaret Cross Norton
    Last week I had an opportunity to visit with Dave Joens and his staff at the Illinois State Archives—the first AOTUS to visit since Wayne Grover was there in 1952.  Dave and I were able to reenact the original photo ……
  • May 8

    Meeting the Government’s Email Challenge

    Meeting the Government’s Email Challenge
    Free and equal access to government records is essential to this country’s democracy.  Citizens have the right to see, examine, and learn from the records that guarantee their rights, document government actions, and tell the story…
  • May 8

    Meeting the Government’s Email Challenge

    Meeting the Government’s Email Challenge
    Free and equal access to government records is essential to this country’s democracy.  Citizens have the right to see, examine, and learn from the records that guarantee their rights, document government actions, and tell the story…
Rank this Week: 4779

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • May 26

    CFPB Spring 2015 agenda: significant rulemaking actions on the horizon

    CFPB Spring 2015 agenda: significant rulemaking actions on the horizon
    Barbara S. Mishkin Just in time for the holiday weekend, the CFPB released its Spring 2015 rulemaking agenda last Friday.  The agenda sets the following timetables: Prepaid financial products.  In November 2014, the CFPB issued…
  • May 26

    Ballard attorneys author article on auto finance and disparate impact

    Ballard attorneys author article on auto finance and disparate impact
    Peter N. Cubita and Christopher J. Willis In several blog posts and legal alerts, we have previously written about disparate impact and auto finance.  Together with our colleague, Jonathan Selkowitz, we have recently written an…
  • May 25

    58 members of Congress urge CFPB to ban consumer arbitration

    58 members of Congress urge CFPB to ban consumer arbitration
    Barbara S. Mishkin Senator Al Franken and 57 other members of Congress signed a letter sent to Director Cordray last week urging the CFPB “to move forward quickly to use its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to issue strong rules to…
Rank this Week: 882

CFTC Law

CFTC Law

Covers futures, commodities and forex regulation. By Shipkevich Law Firm.

http://www.cftclaw.com/
  • Aug 8

    FIA Sets Forth Five Core Principles in Enhancing CFTC Market Surveillance

    FIA Sets Forth Five Core Principles in Enhancing CFTC Market Surveillance
    FIA Sets Forth Five Core Principles in Enhancing CFTC Market SurveillanceIn a response to a request by the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee for comment on how best to develop a 21st century surveillance system, the Financial…
  • Aug 6

    Massad Says CFTC Hampered by Budget Constraint

    Massad Says CFTC Hampered by Budget Constraint
    Massad Says CFTC Hampered by Budget ConstraintsRecently appointed CFTC Chairman Tim Massad announced last week that there were “a lot of things” he would like to do to continue the CFTC’s goal of regulating financial…
  • Jul 28

    O’Malia Urges Regulators to “Do No Harm”

    O’Malia Urges Regulators to “Do No Harm”
    O’Malia Urges Regulators to “Do No Harm”CFTC Commissioner Scott O’Malia issued a stern warning to financial regulators in the United States and abroad that market fragmentation could have grave consequences on the…
Rank this Week: 598

Colorado Common Law

Colorado Common Law

Covers state public record law, civil rights, and obscenity. By Joe Thomas.

http://cocommonlaw.com
  • Apr 11

    Vaughn Index in Colorado Public Record

    Vaughn Index in Colorado Public Record
    A Vaughn index is a tool used in public records disputes where the person requesting documents, will ask the court to compel the records custodian to list all responsive documents and explain why or why not the documents should be released.…
  • Apr 8

    Banning Homelessness in Colorado

    Banning Homelessness in Colorado
    It appears a sad new trend in Colorado is to create policies or laws, treating homelessness as a criminal condition. A new report, “No Right to Rest: Criminalizing Homelessness in Colorado” which details the efforts cities and…
  • Apr 4

    Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisance

    Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisance
    The City of Denver is working on banning people it considers nuisances from high traffic areas.  And does not appear there is much concern in the community about the practice. Well, I have a big problem with the practice and I will argue…
Rank this Week: 2465

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/
  • May 26

    Money in Politic

    Money in Politic
    For decades before the Supreme Court decided Citizens United, political scientists concluded that more money helped our democracy by increasing competition. They had also concluded that it did not disadvantage Democrats, who would hold their…
  • May 19

    Canadian Comparative Religion Case

    Canadian Comparative Religion Case
    I’d like to tell you about a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada regarding religious education.[1] Quebec has a “mandatory core curriculum” which includes a Program on Ethics and Religious Culture, to teach…
  • May 12

    Listening, Learning and Law Enforcement

    Listening, Learning and Law Enforcement
    Not long ago, I met the daughter of two of my wife’s high school teachers. Grant and Joyce Banks were legendary in Rutherford County. They traveled to the homes and met the families of every one of their students. Their purpose was to…
Rank this Week: 1285

Corporate Law and Democracy

Corporate Law and Democracy

A repository of ideas, comments and papers on a range of issues related to corporate law and democracy. By Boston College Law School Professor Renee Jones.

http://reneejones.wordpress.com/
  • Nov 18

    Whither State Securities Enforcement?

    Whither State Securities Enforcement?
    Susan Antilla of Bloomberg news published a recent column  revisiting the question of the continued viability of state securities regulators’ enforcement authority.  I spoke to Susan about my research  on the issue and I am quoted in…
  • Nov 18

    Whither State Securities Enforcement?

    Whither State Securities Enforcement?
    Susan Antilla of Bloomberg news published a recent column  revisiting the question of the continued viability of state securities regulators’ enforcement authority.  I spoke to Susan about my research  on the issue…
  • Sep 19

    Bailout-palooza

    Bailout-palooza
    The federal goverment’s proposal for a bailout of the financial industry sounded somewhat familiar to me.  I remembered that I had blogged about a similar proposal about a year ago on Conglomerate.
Rank this Week: 4824

Corruption Chronicles

Corruption Chronicles

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

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/
  • May 22

    U.S. Gives $7 Bil in Food Benefits to “Ineligible Recipients”

    U.S. Gives $7 Bil in Food Benefits to “Ineligible Recipients”
    The bloated federal agency charged with feeding the poor—and eradiating “food insecurity” in the U.S.—blew nearly $7 billion to provide “ineligible recipients” with the welfare benefit and there appears to…
  • May 21

    JW Confirms: 154 lbs. of Heroin in NY Bust Came Via El Paso

    JW Confirms: 154 lbs. of Heroin in NY Bust Came Via El Paso
    A federal law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of the case tells Judicial Watch that the record-breaking 154 pounds of heroin seized in New York this week entered the United States from Mexico through El Paso, Texas. The El Paso…
  • May 19

    DHS Fails to Remove Aliens Who Pose National Security, Public Safety Threat

    DHS Fails to Remove Aliens Who Pose National Security, Public Safety Threat
    The monstrous agency created after 9/11 to protect the United States from more terrorist attacks instead compromises national security by failing to track how many unauthorized foreigners—some felons in their native country—it…
Rank this Week: 3072

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/
  • May 26

    Did your lawyer tell you about clemency and parole?

    Did your lawyer tell you about clemency and parole?
    The Georgia Supreme Court extends Padilla In Alexander v. State, decided on May 11, the Georgia Supreme Court agreed that a failure to advise on parole issues from a guilty plea was ineffective assistance under Strickland v. Washington.…
  • May 20

    Another one bites the dust`

    Another one bites the dust`
    Listen up:  “Every occasion of a proved false allegation has an insidious effect on public confidence, sometimes allowing doubts to creep into when one shouldn’t exist.”  Said the judge on sentencing. That’s…
  • May 6

    How extensive is the Brady obligation

    How extensive is the Brady obligation
    Ask the prosecutor in this case. In re Kline. Military prosecutors are bound by Service rules of professional responsibility.  Those rules are based on the ABA Model Rules. The ethical rule regarding prosecutorial disclosure in the…
Rank this Week: 203

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/
  • May 25

    Tracking Protection Greatly Speeds Firefox

    Tracking Protection Greatly Speeds Firefox
    Firefox’s optional Tracking Protection reduces load time for top news sites by 44%. How to turn on Tracking Protection: In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter. The about:config “This might void your…
  • May 24

    No Joke

    No Joke
    As The Wall Street Journal recently reported, “There’s an Uber for everything now. Washio is for having someone do your laundry, Sprig and SpoonRocket cook your dinner and Shyp will mail things out so you don’t have to brave…
  • May 23

    Ireland Embraces Marriage Equality

    Ireland Embraces Marriage Equality
    Videos like this carry the day in Ireland’s referendum: How long before the entire US catches up?
Rank this Week: 11

Dissenting Justice

Dissenting Justice

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

http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    FACTS: President Obama's Immigration Policies Are Absolutely LEGAL.

    FACTS: President Obama's Immigration Policies Are Absolutely LEGAL.
    Mainstream and rightwing media have done an atrocious job discussing the legal issues implicated by President Obama's immigration policy. While rightwingers clearly believe the president's policies... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 501

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/
  • May 26

    Punto y seguido de las costas procesales contencioso-administrativa

    Punto y seguido de las costas procesales contencioso-administrativa
    Tal y como me solicitaron y gustoso lo atiendo, aquí está el video donde ofrecí mi discurso de ingreso en la Real Academia Asturiana de Jurisprudencia titulado “Versiones y perversiones de los criterios de…
  • May 25

    El amparo frente al desamparo del Tribunal Constitucional

    El amparo frente al desamparo del Tribunal Constitucional
    El pasado jueves publicó diario El Mundo un brillante artículo titulado “Cuando no hay amparo judicial” a cargo de D. Jesús-María Silva Sánchez, Catedrático de Derecho Penal y abogado. Me…
  • May 22

    De cazatalentos y de talentos para cazar o cacear

    De cazatalentos y de talentos para cazar o cacear
    Bien está que con el sudor de la frente se gane dinero y cuanto más mejor. Y si además lo que se gana se utiliza con generosidad, estupendo. Pero reconozco que no se alcanza a mi “talento” la noticia de que la…
Rank this Week: 1192

Equal Vote

Equal Vote

Information and insight on the laws governing federal, state and local elections. By Michael E. Moritz College of Law Professor Dan Tokaji.

http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/blogs/tokaji/
  • Dec 18

    The Wrong Approach to Election Reform

    The Wrong Approach to Election Reform
    The Ohio legislature yesterday approved a bill (SB 380) that would eliminate the window for early registration and absentee voting, among other things.
  • Nov 7

    Reforming Registration

    Reforming Registration
    On Monday, I identified four problem areas to watch out for on Election Day: 1) lines at the polls, 2) voting equipment, 3) voter registration lists, and 4) provisional and absentee ballots. While machine breakdowns and polling place lines…
  • Nov 4

    What We Don't Know

    What We Don't Know
    We now know that Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America. In the enormity of this moment in American history, the gritty details of election administration, upon which my Moritz colleagues and I spend so much…
Rank this Week: 1582

Equal Vote: Election Law @ Mortiz

Equal Vote: Election Law @ Mortiz

Covers election reform, the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and related topics. Special attention to the voting rights of people of color, non-English proficient citizens, and people with disabilities. Publsihed by Dan Tokaji at Moritz Colle

http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/blogs/tokaji/
  • Dec 18

    The Wrong Approach to Election Reform

    The Wrong Approach to Election Reform
    The Ohio legislature yesterday approved a bill (SB 380) that would eliminate the window for early registration and absentee voting, among other things.
  • Nov 7

    Reforming Registration

    Reforming Registration
    On Monday, I identified four problem areas to watch out for on Election Day: 1) lines at the polls, 2) voting equipment, 3) voter registration lists, and 4) provisional and absentee ballots. While machine breakdowns and polling place lines…
  • Nov 4

    What We Don't Know

    What We Don't Know
    We now know that Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America. In the enormity of this moment in American history, the gritty details of election administration, upon which my Moritz colleagues and I spend so much…
Rank this Week: 1342

European Union Law

European Union Law

Covers legal issues in the European Union. By Vihar Georgiev.

http://eulaw.wordpress.com
  • Jan 28

    The EU Fiscal Stability Treaty: Summary and Analysi

    The EU Fiscal Stability Treaty: Summary and Analysi
     UPDATE: the approved text of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union is available here. 
  • Jan 28

    The EU Fiscal Stability Treaty: Summary and Analysi

    The EU Fiscal Stability Treaty: Summary and Analysi
     UPDATE: the approved text of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union is available here.  The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union is…
  • Dec 24

    Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!
    Dear friends, I wish you happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!
Rank this Week: 1298

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

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

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
  • Apr 12

    Government moves against testing laboratories, settles with two for $48 million

    Government moves against testing laboratories, settles with two for $48 million
    On April 9, the Department of Justice announced that it was settling kickback allegations with two cardiovascular disease testing laboratories, and was intervening in qui tam suits against two others and against three individuals for similar…
  • Mar 13

    Export-Import Bank lender settles False Claims Act allegations for $3.8 million

    Export-Import Bank lender settles False Claims Act allegations for $3.8 million
    On March 12, the Department of Justice announced that Miami-based Hencorp Becstone Capital, LC had agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle civil charges, brought by two whistleblowers, that the firm submitted false documents for…
  • Mar 11

    Committee member of National Quality Forum settles False Claims Act case, paying $1 million

    Committee member of National Quality Forum settles False Claims Act case, paying $1 million
    On March 2, the Department of Justice announced that a Laguna Beach, California-based physician, Dr. Charles Denham, had agreed to pay $1 million to settle civil claims that he accepted kickbacks from CareFusion, Inc., to recommend the use of…
Rank this Week: 434

FDA Lawyers Blog

FDA Lawyers Blog

By Frommer Lawrence & Haug.

http://www.fdalawyersblog.com/
  • Jul 7

    FDA Takes Aim at Wood-Aged Cheese

    FDA Takes Aim at Wood-Aged Cheese
    FDA has recently challenged the use of wooden planks (shelving) to age certain cheeses, a practice that has been going on for centuries. The Agency is concerned that wood absorbs and retains certain bacteria, such as listeria, that can…
  • Apr 24

    Proposed Rule Deems E-Cigarettes "Tobacco Products" Under the Family Smoking Prevening and Tobacco Control Act

    Proposed Rule Deems E-Cigarettes "Tobacco Products" Under the Family Smoking Prevening and Tobacco Control Act
    The Food and Drug Administration introduced a proposed rule yesterday that would extend its existing authority over certain tobacco products. Under the proposed rule, FDA would now oversee electronic/e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco,…
  • Apr 14

    Zogenix Sues Massachusetts to Overturn Ban of Opioid Pain Drug

    Zogenix Sues Massachusetts to Overturn Ban of Opioid Pain Drug
    Zogenix, Inc., the San Diego-based manufacturer of the extended-release hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER, has sued the Governor of Massachusetts in U.S. District Court in Boston to overturn as unconstitutional the state's recent prohibition…
Rank this Week: 754

Federal Government Contract Digest

Federal Government Contract Digest

Covers federal government contracts law, bid protests and formation of entities under the various SBA programs. By Anthony E. Cooch Jr.

http://www.fedgovcondigest.com
  • Mar 27

    Should Past GAO Decisions Be Considered in Deciding Whether to File a Bid Protest?

    Should Past GAO Decisions Be Considered in Deciding Whether to File a Bid Protest?
    Several times a week, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) posts bid protest decisions on its website.  Generally, decisions are not posted in their entirety; portions of the bid protest decision are often redacted…
  • Mar 13

    How to Qualify for HUBZone Certification and Why It Matter

    How to Qualify for HUBZone Certification and Why It Matter
    Last month the Small Business Administration designated an area of Downtown Leesburg, Virginia as a HUBZone, or “Historically Underutilized Business Zone”.  As reported by Ethan Rothstein in an article published in Leesburg…
  • Mar 6

    How the Government Can Override the Bid Protest Automatic Stay

    How the Government Can Override the Bid Protest Automatic Stay
    When a bid protest is timely filed with the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) an automatic stay goes into effect and continues until the case is resolved.  This automatic stay is not bulletproof – it can be…
Rank this Week: 2975

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: 378

FERCBlog

FERCBlog

Features reports and analysis of recent happenings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

http://www.fercblog.com/blog-2/
  • May 4

    Power Plant Makes Wisconsin Pay

    Power Plant Makes Wisconsin Pay
      A Michigan power plant’s threatened closure may cost Wisconsin ratepayers over $48 million to preserve it’s continuous operation.  The proposed cost for Michigan ratepayers is $4 million, or twelve times less than…
  • Mar 30

    Congress Reacts to Metcalf Attack

    Congress Reacts to Metcalf Attack
    On March 26th, Representative Henry Waxman (D – CA 33rd District), introduced the following bill, H. R. 4298, “To amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the United…
  • Mar 9

    New Blog Posts Coming Soon!

    New Blog Posts Coming Soon!
    The post New Blog Posts Coming Soon! appeared first on FERCblog.com.
Rank this Week: 2373

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

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

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • May 26

    NJ Medicaid posts guidance on Veterans Benefit income

    NJ Medicaid posts guidance on Veterans Benefit income
    MedCom No. 15-08 was issued on April 29th by the NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) to provide instructions to applicants who receive  benefits from the Veterans Administration.  When a person applies for…
  • May 24

    New federal rating system for nursing homes could show drop in score

    New federal rating system for nursing homes could show drop in score
    On February 20th, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new rating system for nursing homes which is based on factors that go beyond self-reported data, and will reflect auditing of self reports. Staffing…
  • May 21

    HOPE for Alzheimer’s bill is pending in Congre

    HOPE for Alzheimer’s bill is pending in Congre
    Some members of Congress are taking an interest in the need to provide care planning services for patients who have Alzheimers’ dementia. This proposal could be of tremendous benefit to patients and their family caregivers. S.…
Rank this Week: 2175

For the Seventh Generation Blog

For the Seventh Generation Blog

Protecting Native Nations for the Seventh Generation. News, views, and opinions about federal Indian law and tribal governance by law professors who teach in the field.

http://tribal-law.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 24

    Geneva Institute on Indigenous People

    Geneva Institute on Indigenous People
    If you are a law student interested in studying abroad, the University of Tulsa offers a program in Geneva relating to Indigenous people. The 2009 program will run July 4 - August 1, 2009, and the classes offered for the first two weeks are…
  • Apr 14

    Transcript of Argument in Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle

    Transcript of Argument in Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle
    The transcript of the argument today in Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle is available here. Surprisingly, the Court was heavily interested in the idea that a majority Indian-owned corporation might be considered an Indian…
  • Mar 25

    OK AG values Bank over Battered Women

    OK AG values Bank over Battered Women
    This was originally submitted to the Tulsa World as an op-ed piece, but was not published:update as of 4/10/08: The Tulsa World did indeed publish this an op-ed piece, The Native American Times reprinted it and the Cherokee Phoenix plans to…
Rank this Week: 1341

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

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

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • May 11

    Thank You Veterans!

    Thank You Veterans!
    The Kelley Drye team was honored to host a number of veterans and others at our Washington, DC office on Friday to view the Arsenal of Democracy, an antique air armada flyover to mark the 70th anniversary of V-E Day and the end of World War…
  • May 4

    Pa. Toxic Tort Settlement Shows Potential Danger in Benzene Exposure Lawsuit

    Pa. Toxic Tort Settlement Shows Potential Danger in Benzene Exposure Lawsuit
    A settlement recently reached between U.S. Steel Corp. and the widow of a Pennsylvania man allegedly exposed to benzene may fuel use of toxic tort lawsuits to sue over benzene exposures. The plaintiff argued that her husband, who had worked…
  • Apr 27

    Obama Administration Releases First Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review

    Obama Administration Releases First Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review
    The Obama Administration released the first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (“QER”), which focuses on energy transmission, storage, and distribution (“TS&D”). The QER was first launched in…
Rank this Week: 1972

Freedom of Information & Open…

Freedom of Information & Open Government Blog

News, views and updates on the UK Freedom of Information Act, worldwide Freedom of Information and open government. Maintained by Steve Wood, Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.

http://foia.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 11

    FOI case law update - 28 November 2013

    FOI case law update - 28 November 2013
    The Campaign for Freedom of Information's next course on 'Information Commissioner & Tribunal Decisions - what do they mean in practice?' is taking place in London on 28th November 2013.This course, now in its 8th year, aims to help…
  • Oct 29

    76 organisations call on government to drop proposed FOI restriction

    76 organisations call on government to drop proposed FOI restriction
    76 campaign groups, charities and press bodies have written to the prime minister urging him to drop proposals to restrict the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. They say the proposals are not compatible with the prime minister's stated aim of…
  • Oct 24

    MPs call for extension of the FOI Act to cover contracted out public service

    MPs call for extension of the FOI Act to cover contracted out public service
    An Early Day Motion calling for the extension of the FOI Act to cover contracted out public services has been tabled by Labour MP Grahame Morris and co-sponsored by Caroline Lucas (Green), Mark Durkan (SDLP), John McDonnell (Lab), Margaret…
Rank this Week: 1736

Freeth Cartwright LLP Local…

Freeth Cartwright LLP Local Government

Covers local government issues in the U.K.

http://freethslocalgovernmentblog.com/
  • May 23

    Who Changed JR … Again?

    Who Changed JR … Again?
    In January, I posted a blog about changes to judicial review of planning decisions. At the time, the government was considering a specialist tribunal for planning JRs as well as restrictions on those who could bring judicial review claims.…
  • May 20

    A model of openness?

    A model of openness?
    A key issue for any private sector partner working with a local authority is the extent to which the use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) may force the disclosure of commercially…
  • May 6

    Get ready to Win-Win with Early Conciliation

    Get ready to Win-Win with Early Conciliation
    From today Tribunal claims will not generally be accepted unless the Claimant has first referred the complaint to ACAS and a ‘Conciliation Certificate’ has been issued indicating compliance with this referral requirement.…
Rank this Week: 3157

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/
Rank this Week: 760

Government Contracts Blog

Government Contracts Blog

The latest updates on developments affecting government contracts. Published by Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.governmentcontractslawblog.com/
  • Apr 30

    When it Comes to Crop Insurance, the FCA Bears Fruit

    When it Comes to Crop Insurance, the FCA Bears Fruit
    The federal crop insurance program is an often overlooked area of potential liability under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  The program, which is governed by a substantial body of regulatory law, is subject to intense…
  • Apr 30

    Suspensions and Debarments on the Rise – A Brief Review of the ISDC’s FY 2014 Stat

    Suspensions and Debarments on the Rise – A Brief Review of the ISDC’s FY 2014 Stat
    The upward trend of suspensions and debarments continued in FY 2014.  According to the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (“ISDC”) Report to Congress, released March 31, 2015, while referrals to the suspending and…
  • Mar 24

    Those NDAs May Not Be Worth the Paper They Are Written On

    Those NDAs May Not Be Worth the Paper They Are Written On
    It is a given that companies strive to protect their intellectual property.  Over the years, as an instrument of that protection, companies have made increasing use of non-disclosure agreements to advance that objective.  A recent…
Rank this Week: 1363

Government Contracts Blog

Government Contracts Blog

Covers government contracts, bid protests, and contract disputes. By Brown Rudnick.

http://brownrudnick.com/blog/government-contracts/
  • May 11

    How to turn a winning protest into a losing protest

    How to turn a winning protest into a losing protest
    Here’s a test. If a Government solicitation contains an ambiguity, you should– (a) Hope no one notices; (b) Point it out to the contracting officer; (c) Wait until you lose the procurement, then file a protest. If you chose (a),…
  • Apr 28

    GAO recognizes that protest attorneys can add value

    GAO recognizes that protest attorneys can add value
    After spending a significant amount of money on preparing a proposal, a disappointed bidder may sometimes think twice about spending still more money on protest attorneys. However, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision…
  • Apr 23

    Intervene in legal actions or risk being shut out

    Intervene in legal actions or risk being shut out
    Contractors don’t always realize that they have the right to intervene in lawsuits and administrative proceedings brought by their competitors and that the failure to intervene could mean losing one’s rights. A recent case in…
Rank this Week: 4400

Government Contracts Legal Forum

Government Contracts Legal Forum

Covers government contract issues including contract formation, strategies, bid protests and contract interpretation. By Crowell Moring.

http://www.governmentcontractslegalforum.com/
  • May 22

    Crowell & Moring Launches Whistleblower Watch Blog

    Crowell & Moring Launches Whistleblower Watch Blog
    Earlier this year, Crowell & Moring assembled an interdisciplinary team of attorneys to begin reporting on legal developments regarding whistleblowers. The result is the Whistleblower Watch blog (whistleblowerwatch.com), on which more…
  • Apr 9

    OOPS 2015 Conference – Registartion is Now Open!

    OOPS 2015 Conference – Registartion is Now Open!
    Congress v. White House – who will win the fight?  As they duke it out on policies and legislation that will impact government contractors, our legal team will help you identify vulnerabilities as well as possible…
  • Mar 27

    Obama Administration Mandates New Federal Agency Sustainability Objective

    Obama Administration Mandates New Federal Agency Sustainability Objective
    Federal agencies (and their government contractors) are about to embark on a second generation of sustainability upgrades to federal government facilities, procurement and operations.  On March 19, 2015, President Obama released an…
Rank this Week: 4749

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • May 22

    It’s Don’t Fry Day– Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day

    It’s Don’t Fry Day– Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day
    Today is Don’t Fry Day, a day designated to remind Americans about the dangers of skin cancer and how to protect themselves. As we enter the summer season, we join with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to remind Americans…
  • May 22

    This Week in EPA Science

    This Week in EPA Science
    By Kacey Fitzpatrick While astronomical summer doesn’t start for a few weeks,  I consider it summer as soon as I make the switch to iced coffee. For many, the season kicks off this weekend with pool parties, barbecues, and trips to…
  • May 22

    Building Community Resiliency by Training the Next Generation

    Building Community Resiliency by Training the Next Generation
    by Patrick A. Barnes In 2011, the first of the baby boomers reached retirement age.  And for the foreseeable future, boomers will be retiring at a rate of 10,000 a day, nearly a quarter million a month. In an effort to help compensate…
Rank this Week: 48

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/
  • May 26

    21st Century Cures Bill Includes Proposal to Broaden Sunshine Act Exclusions Related to Education

    21st Century Cures Bill Includes Proposal to Broaden Sunshine Act Exclusions Related to Education
    This post was written by Katie Pawlitz and Jeremy Alexander. As we reported last week, on May 21, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act,” by a bipartisan, unanimous 51-0 vote.…
  • May 21

    CMS Schedules August 24-25, 2015 OPPS Advisory Panel Meeting

    CMS Schedules August 24-25, 2015 OPPS Advisory Panel Meeting
    CMS has announced that it is holding a meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment on August 24-25, 2015. The purpose of the Panel is to advise HHS and CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification…
  • May 21

    House Energy and Commerce Committee Unanimously Approves 21st Century Cures Bill

    House Energy and Commerce Committee Unanimously Approves 21st Century Cures Bill
    Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act,” by a bipartisan, unanimous 51-0 vote. This major legislation is intended to accelerate the pace of medical cures in the United States…
Rank this Week: 1072

Hot Button Blog

Hot Button Blog

By Cozen O'Connor.

http://www.hotbuttonblog.com
  • Sep 5

    Health Care Reform Implementation Update September 5, 2014

    Health Care Reform Implementation Update September 5, 2014
    As summer rolls to a close, the agencies continue to make announcements and roll out additional regulations. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) introduced the new CEO of Healthcare.gov, awarded grants to 147 health centers…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4055

Infra Insight Blog

Infra Insight Blog

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

http://www.infrainsightblog.com
Rank this Week: 4134

International Municipal Lawyers…

International Municipal Lawyers Association - Local Government Blog

Covers constitutional, employment, environment, ethics, land use, and telecom law.

http://imlablog.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 1308

Johnny California

Johnny California

Analysis, explanation of of California law, government, and politics (with a special focus on the epic mess known as the California ballot proposition system).

http://johnnycalifornia.com/
Rank this Week: 3568

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/
  • May 26

    China Releases 2015 Military Strategy

    China Releases 2015 Military Strategy
    Today, the People’s Republic of China released its first public Chinese Military Strategy white paper. Issued by the Chinese Ministry of National Defense and the State Council Information Office, the paper outlines an…
  • May 26

    Daniel Meltzer, R.I.P.

    Daniel Meltzer, R.I.P.
    My colleague and friend Dan Meltzer passed away Sunday night after a long battle with cancer. Here is what Dean Martha Minow wrote: Colleagues, it is with profound sadness that I write to let you know that Dan Meltzer, our beloved friend,…
  • May 26

    Today’s Headlines and Commentary

    Today’s Headlines and Commentary
    Shia militias in Iraq announced today that they have taken control of efforts to reclaim Ramadi, the capital of the country’s Anbar province which fell to the Islamic State about a week ago. Paramilitary troops have advanced to within a…
Rank this Week: 60

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/
  • May 26

    The Girl Scouts Are Covered By Federal Disability Discrimination Law

    The Girl Scouts Are Covered By Federal Disability Discrimination Law
    Barry Taylor is the Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation at Equip for Equality. We enthusiastically welcome a guest blog post on the recent Runnion v. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana case. The Seventh…
  • May 22

    Los Angeles Wins the Fight for $15

    Los Angeles Wins the Fight for $15
    The Fight for $15 in the United States’ second most populated city is finally over. We previously posted about how Seattle took the lead on setting the highest minimum wage in the country. This April, we highlighted how public…
  • May 20

    The Perpetuation of Poverty through Racial Segregation

    The Perpetuation of Poverty through Racial Segregation
    Last month, protests erupted in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray and in response to the larger issues of police brutality, racial profiling, and mass incarceration. These protests have furthered conversations surrounding police…
Rank this Week: 2366

Legislative Blog

Legislative Blog

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

https://www.au.org/blogs/legislative
  • Apr 23

    State-Funded Discrimination: Adoption Edition

    State-Funded Discrimination: Adoption Edition
    LegislativeAdoption agencies could refuse to place children in otherwise stable homes because the parents seeking to adopt are unmarried, previously divorced, a same sex couple, or adherents to a religion not practiced by the child-placing…
  • Mar 25

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills: Marriage Refusal Edition

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills: Marriage Refusal Edition
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeThese bills are especially troublesome because they would allow government employees to discriminate in the name of religion. We’ve been blogging a lot about state Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)…
  • Mar 12

    “Religious Freedom” Bills in the States and RFRA on the Hill

    “Religious Freedom” Bills in the States and RFRA on the Hill
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislative“The worst kind of discrimination... is when the government is the discriminator.” - Colorado Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock)In the StatesMany so-called “religious freedom” bills are…
Rank this Week: 3186

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/
  • Dec 17

    Lawmakers eye University of California fee

    Lawmakers eye University of California fee
    Late last month, news that the University of California planned to increase tuition by up to 28 percent over the next five years sparked waves of walkouts and protests throughout the UC system. At the time, the California Legislature was in…
  • Dec 11

    Three Unconventional Laws That Allow People to Make Liberal, Wardrobe Choice

    Three Unconventional Laws That Allow People to Make Liberal, Wardrobe Choice
    Most people in the United States don’t need to dig in and do a whole ton of law research to know that they’re supposed to wear pants and other clothes in public. What might surprise you, though, is that there are tons of legal…
  • Nov 14

    Three Seemingly Pointless Laws Still on the Books Today

    Three Seemingly Pointless Laws Still on the Books Today
    Any legal professional who’s ever done even the smallest amount of law research has more than likely encountered a legal statute or two that seems devoid of any legislative intent at all. Unbelievably, the U.S. legal system is rife with…
Rank this Week: 2805

Lobby Comply Blog

Lobby Comply Blog

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

http://stateandfed.com/lobbycomply/
Rank this Week: 278

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/
  • Apr 3

    No Privacy Interest In Employee's Identity Connected To Existence Of Investigation When Allegations Are Not Described

    No Privacy Interest In Employee's Identity Connected To Existence Of Investigation When Allegations Are Not Described
    In Predisik v. Spokane School District No. 81, the Washington Supreme Court holds by a 5 justice majority that disclosure of employer investigation records that reveal an employee’s identity do not implicate employee privacy rights…
  • Mar 5

    Washington Supreme Court Grants Petitions to Review Nissen v. Pierce County

    Washington Supreme Court Grants Petitions to Review Nissen v. Pierce County
    On March 3, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court granted two petitions to review Nissen v. Pierce County, 183 Wn. App. 581, 333 P.3d 577 (2014).  In Nissen, the Washington Court of Appeals applied the Washington Public Records Act and held…
  • Mar 3

    Hillary Clinton Defends Use of Personal E-mail

    Hillary Clinton Defends Use of Personal E-mail
    On March 2, 2015, The New York Times reported that Hilary Clinton, during her tenure as Secretary of State, may have violated federal regulations by using her personal e-mail to conduct government business. The report says that Clinton aides…
Rank this Week: 4261

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/
  • Apr 6

    Maryland Garbageman Seriously Injured By Coworker

    Maryland Garbageman Seriously Injured By Coworker
    Local government employees in Maryland are restricted in their ability to sue for injuries caused by an employer or coworker. In Blue v. Arrington, a Baltimore City employee (Arrington) hurt another employee (Blue) while they were…
  • Apr 6

    Claims of Subjective Pain in Maryland Social Security Disability Case

    Claims of Subjective Pain in Maryland Social Security Disability Case
    In the unpublished case Tanner v. Social Security Administration, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals considered a case in which the Social Security Administration had twice denied a claimant’s disability insurance benefits claim. The…
  • Dec 24

    Injured Worker Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance

    Injured Worker Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance
      In a recent Maryland Court of Appeals case, the Court  determined that even though a contractor did not have workers’ compensation insurance, they could be an employee of the general contractor, and therefore …
Rank this Week: 2329

Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law…

Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law Blog

Covers Inland Empire municipal law, personal injury law, real estate law and small business law.

http://michaelreiterlaw.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 1156

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/
  • May 13

    Interesting new scholarship on academic freedom and social media.

    Interesting new scholarship on academic freedom and social media.
    See here.  My buddy Michael LeRoy, who does very cool work, wrote it. 
  • May 4

    The Dave Goldbergs of the world may be rare, but they're out there.

    The Dave Goldbergs of the world may be rare, but they're out there.
    Everything I've read about Dave Goldberg, including this New York Times obituary, indicates that he was an extraordinary person, and my heart goes out to his family.  Equal relationships should be the norm, but I hear that they're…
  • May 1

    Best managerial advice ever.

    Best managerial advice ever.
    There's a great article by Paula Krebs in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae section (here).  In it, she talks about the importance of working on difficult issues by first imagining why the person sitting across the table…
Rank this Week: 446

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/
  • May 21

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

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 5/21
    U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin See the May 21, 2015, Update Memoranda at the Tribal Supreme Court Project website.U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/2015cta.htmlQuechan Tribe of Fort Yuma Indian Reservation v.…
  • May 21

    Bloomberg BNA publishes a new Tax Management Portfolio

    Bloomberg BNA publishes a new Tax Management Portfolio
    Bloomberg BNA recently released a new State Tax Portfolio entitled State Taxation of American Indians, the Tribes, and Those Doing Business With Them: Sovereignty, Indian Commerce Clause, Treaties and Statutes (Multistate 1440, ISSN…
  • May 15

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 5/15

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 5/15
    * U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/2015cta.htmlColbert v. United States (Self-Determination Contract; Wrongful Death)City of Duluth v. Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Indian Gaming -…
Rank this Week: 4553