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Decision Chips Away at the Enforceability of Teaming Agreements

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A recent decision from the Virginia Supreme Court further weakens the enforceability of teaming agreements, which may mean trouble for prospective subcontractors, according to an alert from Baker & Hostetler.

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White Paper: Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures

White Paper: Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures

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Despite the change in federal administration, the U.S. Department of Education has continued to aggressively enforce the Clery Act, reports Canopy Programs.

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Special Receiver Appointed in Federal Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo in Texas Case

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The SEC alleges defendants were operating a Ponzi scheme, with limited returns paid to investors from monies raised from other investors.

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DOJ Says Ruling on AT&T-Time Warner Ignored ‘Economics and Common Sense’

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In its filing, the DOJ called the district court’s decision a “deeply flawed assessment of the government’s evidence.”

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Health Care Fraud: How a Strike Force is Selected for a City

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According to the Department of Justice, a Medicare Fraud Strike Force consists of a partnership between the DOJ and Department of Health and Human Services to prevent fraud and enforce anti-fraud laws.

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Army of Local Lawyers Itching to Fight Trump’s Policies

Army of Local Lawyers Itching to Fight Trump’s Policies

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Lawyers for Good Government is led by executive director Traci Feit Love, a Harvard Law School graduate and former litigator for DLA Piper, one of the biggest law firms in the world.

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Nashville Attorney Confirmed As General Counsel for Department of Defense

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Paul Ney currently is the Tennessee chief deputy attorney general.

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Has the Government ‘Waived’ Goodbye to Strict Compliance with Your Contract Specifications?

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A recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision confirmed that waiver defenses can defeat government demands for strict compliance with contract requirements, reports Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman.

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Democrats’ Long-Shot Plan to Stop Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

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Democrats plan to frame the process around women’s health and the future of legalized abortion, predicts The Los Angeles Times.

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Halliburton Accused by Government of Harassing Muslim Workers

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The lawsuit continues the agency’s crackdown on employer practices or other workplace behaviors that target workers who are Muslim or Sikh, or of Arab, Middle Eastern, or South Asian descent, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Former ICE General Counsel Heads to Prison for Identity Theft

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The former legal adviser to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau was sentenced to 48 months in prison, reports Government Executive.

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Supreme Court Deals Big Setback to Public Unions

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The 5-to-4 decision overturned a 40-year-old precedent and said that compelling such fees was a violation of workers’ free speech rights, reports The Washington Post.

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Supreme Court Poised to Rule on Trump Travel Ban, Union Fees, Other Cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court is heading toward the end of its current term, and remaining cases include the Trump travel ban, union fees, and regulations on Christian-based anti-abortion centers.

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Federal Suit Claims Systemic Failures to Pursue Rape Cases by Travis County DA, Austin Police

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Three women have filed a federal class action lawsuit claiming that the Travis County District Attorney’s office and the Austin Police Department have violated the constitutional rights of women and discriminated based on gender in the manner in which they handle sexual assault cases.

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Trump’s Lawyer Michael Cohen Expects to Be Arrested Any Day Now: Reports

Trump’s Lawyer Michael Cohen Expects to Be Arrested Any Day Now: Reports

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An ex-White House official said that “Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen” deciding to cooperate with federal prosecutors against the president.

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Defrauded Students of For-Profit Schools Will Stay Indebted, Judge Rules

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A proposed class of borrowers had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim to revive an Obama-era policy that promised full debt forgiveness to students defrauded by the now-defunct, for profit Corinthian Colleges, reports Courthouse News Service.

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Texas Family Sues U.S. Over Church Massacre

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The lawsuit in federal court claims  the U.S. Air Force acted negligently when it failed to report the criminal record of gunman Devin Kelley to a U.S. database, reports Reuters.

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Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants Receive Class Action Status in VA Overtime Suit

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A federal judge has certified a class action lawsuit involving nurse practitioners and physician assistants accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to pay overtime since 2006.

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Resigned Pruitt EPA Aide Lands GC Job in Oklahoma

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A former aide to embattled EPA director Scott Pruitt who has come under scrutiny for getting a significant pay bump has been hired to a position with the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, reports KFOR-TV.

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Federal Prosecutors Poised to Get More Than 1 Million Files Seized From Michael Cohen’s Phones

Federal Prosecutors Poised to Get More Than 1 Million Files Seized From Michael Cohen’s Phones

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A special master said investigators have already been given access to nearly 300,000 pieces of potential evidence seized from Cohen’s office and residences in an April raid, reports The New York Times.

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