Closing the Gap – European Union to Challenge Foreign Subsidies
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- Foreign Subsidies Could Soon Become The Subject of Specified EU Regulations The EU Commission wants to create regulations to tackle impacts of foreign government funding in the EU. In its “White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies,” published on June... ›
Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2020
By: Charles E. Duross and James M. KoukiosIn order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary resources. This month we ask: How will the reversal of the “Bridgegate”... ›
FedPubs Intellectual Property Series (June 16-30)
By: W. Jay DeVecchio, Tina D. Reynolds and Locke BellMoFo partner Tina Reynolds, senior counsel Jay DeVecchio, and associate Locke Bell will be presenting an upcoming FedPubs 3-part webinar series on intellectual property rules and regulations in government contracting. The series will provide an overview of the key principles governing the allocation of... ›
Who Bears the Risks of War? Federal Circuit Affirms ASBCA’s Decision That the Contractor Bore the Risk of Changes to Worksite’s Security
By: J. Alex Ward and Victoria Dalcourt AngleWe have previously written about the challenges contractors face when pursuing costs incurred because of combat zone risks. These risks, and the resulting costs, can be unpredictable and are not always compensable. In ECC Int’l Constructors, LLC , ASBCA No. 59138, 19-1 BCA ¶... ›
Materiality & the Public Disclosure Bar: Fending Off Qui Tam Attacks
By: Victoria Dalcourt AngleEnforcement activity by the U.S. Government historically spikes in the wake of heightened government spending, whether a result of wars, recessions, or natural disasters. Following the unprecedented infusion of public money to combat COVID-19 and stabilize the economy, contractors may anticipate a similar sharp... ›
May Bid Protest Roundup (Law360 Spotlight)
By: Alissandra Young McCannThis month’s Law360 spotlight examines three protest decisions addressing first article testing, proprietary information in unsolicited proposals, and timely submittal of proposals. In SSI Technology [i] , the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) found a sole source award for urgently needed parts appropriate... ›
Congress Passes PPP Revisions and Advocates for Public Disclosure of Recipients
By: Tina D. Reynolds, Damien C. Specht and Alissandra Young McCannUpdated June 5, 2020 In the wake of the massive economic disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) on March 27, 2020. The Payroll Protection Program (PPP), which is part of the... ›
SBA Issues New Certification Regulations for Women-Owned Small Businesses
By: Tina D. Reynolds and Roke IkoStarting July 15, 2020, a new certification process is being implemented for Women-Owned Small Businesses (“WOSBs”) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (“EDWOSBs”) competing for U.S. federal set-aside, sole source, and multiple award contracts. The Small Business Administration (“SBA”), which is responsible for oversight of these... ›
SBA Issues New Rules on PPP Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review Procedures
By: Tina D. Reynolds, Damien C. Specht, Alissandra Young McCann and Roke IkoSince the inception of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) nearly eight weeks ago, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that have helped thousands of businesses remain afloat during the COVID-19... ›
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application is Finally Here
By: Tina D. Reynolds, Damien C. Specht and Alissandra Young McCannDuring these uncertain economic times, the Small Business Administration (SBA) loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have been a critical lifeline for many small businesses trying to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPP, which we have written about previously , is part of... ›