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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Alabama State Senator Arthur Orr introduced a bill last week that would establish a State False Claims Act, which would authorize private parties to file actions on behalf of the State as qui tam plaintiffs. Similar to the Federal False…

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The OIG released the Updated Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Participation in the Federal Health Care Programs last week.  The prior Bulletin from 1999 left many unanswered questions, such as the scope of a provider’s obligation to screen…

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

A key issue faced by many government contractors is how to compensate their employees in ways that will ensure that they can attract a talented workforce.  Many executives and employees expect compensation mechanisms based on increases in the value of…

Friday, February 1st, 2013

The Department of Labor recently announced that January 18, 2013 is the effective date of its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13495, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts.  The Final Rule was originally published on August 29, 2011.  The Executive…

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Effective January 7, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) will no longer require importers to provide a surety bond or complete an Entry Summary (CBP Form 7501) on imported merchandise valued at less than $2,500.  This is an increase…

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Senator Orrin Hatch spoke on the floor of the Senate at the end of last week about the need for health entitlement reforms to be part of a deficit reduction package.  As Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, which…

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The long wait for the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule is finally over, and it covers a broad range of HIPAA issues, including: The Breach Notification Rule; The HIPAA Enforcement Rule, implementing changes mandated by the HITECH Act; The Privacy and Security Rules,…

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

“Property of the estate” and the “automatic stay” are two of the Bankruptcy Code’s quintessential concepts.  Upon the filing of a bankruptcy petition, the debtor’s property becomes part of the bankruptcy estate.  The concept of property of the estate under…

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

On November 14, 2012, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission released their long-awaited guidance on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).  The 130-page document contains the most comprehensive FCPA analysis produced by the U.S. government to date…

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama recently held that the government cannot continue the suspension of a government contractor where the government does not initiate legal proceedings against the contractor within 18 months. In Agility Defense…