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Bid Protests in New York
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Bradley attorneys Aron Beezley and Nathaniel Greeson highlight the administrative bid protest landscape in New York given the state's abundant acquisition economy. New York state's budget is the second largest in the country, and with it, New York has some of the most developed state acquisition laws and procedures in the country. Accordingly, New York provides comparatively robust bid protest rights when it comes to state-level bid protests...

Overcoming TM Maintenance Filing Hurdles Amid Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

As we near the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, trademark maintenance deadlines in 2021 create new obstacles for registrants. To maintain a federal trademark registration, registrants must periodically file an affidavit of use under Section 8, swearing that the mark is in use in commerce or that the registrant has an acceptable excuse for nonuse. Recent office actions show that the U.S...

Justices Should Weigh In On FCA Objective Falsity Standard
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

In its conference on Feb. 19, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider two pending petitions for certiorari that could resolve a critical but deeply disputed issue that impacts both the False Claims Act and health care law. The cert petitions in those cases — U.S. v. Care Alternatives,[1] and Winter v...

Two Ways Colleges Can Build Better Paths Toward Student Success
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Like every other higher education leader, I spent most of the last 10 months reacting to the operational imperatives driven by the COVID-19 crisis. Each day presented a novel crisis, and just when we thought we’d see no more plot twists, a new one emerged. In the midst of that maelstrom and as the state’s higher education chief, I often found myself trying to find elusive time to process what these daily crises meant for our enterprise over the long term...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Coronavirus Insights & Updates The information listed below is categorized by topic for your convenience and includes content from the previous week. Bradley is actively monitoring and engaging with relevant federal, state or local entities on issues related to the coronavirus. Please contact one of the authors if you have any questions. Click on a link below to view the full article, alert, blog, webinar recording or interview...

COVID-19 in the Workspace: Is Enough Enough?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

You’ve attended the webinars on navigating COVID-19. You’ve read the trade publication tips. You have implemented measures to protect your workers. So, you’re ahead of the game, right? Well, you’re certainly ahead of the Florida sheriff who reportedly instructed his employees not to wear masks in the offce. If a visitor entered Sheriff Billy Wood’s offce with a mask, they were reportedly instructed to remove it...

Government's Failure to Grant REA Can Constitute Breach of Contract
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

&The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in BGT Holdings LLC v. United States, 1 recently held that the government does not have the discretion to deny a contractor's request for equitable adjustment (REA) under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.245-1 (Government Property) where the conditions specified in that clause are present and the contractor is able to show financial loss...

Significant Buy American Amendments are Here
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP enumerates the key impacts of the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council's final rule adopting mandates of the executive order Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council recently issued a final rule1 that implements the requirements of the Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials Executive Order...

Domestic Extremism: New Challenges for AML Compliance Officers and Investigators
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Domestic extremism is not new, but heightened law enforcement scrutiny in the wake of the Capitol riots has added yet another layer of complexity to the jobs of already challenged AML compliance professionals and investigators...

Government Enforcement Update: False Claims Act 2020 Year in Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Bradley’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice Group is pleased to present the False Claims Act: 2020 Year in Review, our annual review of significant False Claims Act (FCA) cases, developments and trends. Despite the pandemic and the smallest recoveries for the Department of Justice in over a decade, FCA enforcement remains robust. As always, the healthcare industry remains the most frequent subject of FCA cases and investigation...

Procurement Fraud Recoveries Substantial for DOJ in FY 2020
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP outlines the Justice Department's noteworthy procurement fraud recoveries for fiscal year 2020. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced1 that it obtained more than $2.2 billion in False Claims Act (FCA) settlements and judgments in the fiscal year ending September 29, 2020...

Separation of Church and State: The Application of the Ministerial Exception to Certain Employment Laws
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

It is common knowledge among many human resources professionals that religious organizations generally are protected from religious discrimination lawsuits under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and most state anti-discrimination laws. For example, a Baptist organization may apply a preference for members of the Baptist Church in its hiring decisions...

Alabama on the Brink of Adopting Medical Cannabis
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

When Alabama’s Legislature convenes for its annual session on February 2, lawmakers will once again be asked to consider a bill that would provide certain Alabamians with access to medical cannabis...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley (January 28, 2021)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The information listed below is categorized by topic for your convenience and includes content from the previous week. Bradley is actively monitoring and engaging with relevant federal, state or local entities on issues related to the coronavirus. Please contact one of the authors if you have any questions. Click on a link below to view the full article, alert, blog, webinar recording or interview...

Key Takeaways from GAO's Annual Bid Protest Report
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued to Congress its annual bid protest report. As discussed below, this year's report is noteworthy for multiple reasons, including that it shows that protesters received some form of relief from the procuring agency in more than half of the protests filed with the GAO in FY 2020, and the GAO's use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) increased by 210% in FY 2020...

Missing Retirement Plan Participants? The DOL Says You Should Follow These Best Practices
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

In response to ongoing pleas for guidance, the Department of Labor (DOL) has published an informal outline expressing its views on how retirement plan administrators should be addressing missing or unresponsive participants. Through contrasting lists of "red flags" and "best practices," the publication reveals the DOL's expectations of plan administrators and provides helpful guideposts for them to follow...

Partnering-Up: Structuring a Successful Bank Partnership Lending Model with FinTechs
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

Over the last several years, banks of all sizes have successfully partnered with emerging fintech companies to offer innovative loan products to a broader range of customers. Under a typical form of this partnership, a fintech, which is subject to the policies of the partner bank, will market loan products, take and process loan applications, and will service those loans once they are funded...

Recent Case Law and the Newly Enacted Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code May Enable Your Commercial Client to Get Much Needed Rent Relief
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global shock to businesses everywhere. Uncertainty about its path, duration and magnitude has wreaked havoc on many of our commercial clients. The associated government-mandated shutdown orders have drastically impacted businesses’ ability to make timely rental payments. The Bankruptcy Code does not generally allow debtors to unilaterally abate or modify the terms of their property leases...

Roundtable Discussion of State Address Confidentiality Programs Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Programs (ACPs) have been adopted in many states to protect domestic violence victims’ addresses and other personal information from collection and disclosure. Financial services institutions are taking strides to protect the data of participants in ACPs, but the financial services industry also faces some of the most complex issues with ACP compliance...

Debt Validation Notices, Collection of Time-Barred Debts, and Credit Reporting Restrictions – CFPB Debt Collection Rule Working Session 6
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

As promised, the CFPB released the second part of its FDCPA rulemaking covering debt validation notices, collection of time-barred debts, and certain credit reporting restrictions. As with the first rulemaking, these changes could require significant changes to a company’s policies and procedures as well as significant technology upgrades...

Significant Changes Proposed for Nationwide Permitting
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

2020 was a year of unprecedented circumstances and change, and more change is coming in 2021—this time, in the form of significant modifications to the nationwide permitting program. On September 15, 2020, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to reissue and modify nationwide permits (NWPs), ahead of the usual five-year reauthorization schedule for the current 2017 NWPs...

Top 10 Changes to Consumer Bankruptcy Proposed in the Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2020
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

On Dec. 9, Congressional Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), proposed sweeping legislation that would overhaul consumer bankruptcy law. The proposed changes, if adopted, generally would make it easier for consumers to access the bankruptcy system and discharge their debts. Below is a discussion of ten critical changes proposed in the Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2020 (CBRA). 1...

New York Enacts a Moratorium on COVID-19-Related Residential Evictions and Foreclosures
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

On December 28, 2020, New York passed a new law entitled the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020.” The act places a moratorium on COVID-19-related residential real property mortgage foreclosure actions and residential eviction proceedings until May 1, 2021, where a tenant or homeowner has submitted a “hardship declaration” to the foreclosing party, landlord, and/or the court...

When Do CARES Act Forbearance Rights and Foreclosure Moratoriums End?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) contains a number of provisions that help borrowers with federally backed mortgage loans. Among these are forbearance protections for borrowers with single-family loans and multifamily loans. However, only one of the forbearance provisions has a clearly defined period when the rights are available...

New Temporary Special Rules for Flexible Spending Accounts
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The president has signed into law the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, which includes several temporary special rules aimed at minimizing forfeitures and increasing the utility of health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Plans providing for one or both accounts can take advantage of these participant-friendly rules immediately...

 

 

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