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November 20, 2017, Inside Government Contracts

Earlier this Fall, the Armed Service Board of Contract Appeals dismissed an appeal for lack of jurisdiction because the certified claim lacked a proper signature. Appeal of NileCo General Contracting LLC, ASBCA No. 60912 (Sept. 22, 2017). This simple oversight proved decisive. Although this case does not chart a new course in Contract Disputes Act...… Continue ...

November 20, 2017, Cov Financial Services

On November 16, 2017, the CFPB filed suit in Montana federal court against Think Finance for activities connected to its tribal-affiliated internet lending business.  Think Finance worked with lenders owned by Native American tribes to offer small-dollar loans to consumers that the Bureau alleges are void under state law.  This suit came on the same...… Continue ...

November 20, 2017, Automotive News

John Veroneau participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Washington International Trade Association and is quoted in this Automotive News article regarding the future of NAFTA. Veroneau suggested that President Trump might put the ball in Congress' court, as he did with the Iran nuclear deal. Such a move would be a political act without any real statutory ...

Pro bono: Never enough

Media Mention

November 20, 2017, The Law Society Gazette

Helena Milner-Smith and Morag Peberdy participated in a roundtable hosted by The Law Society Gazette to discuss the importance of pro bono work. According to Milner-Smith, clients previously receiving poor paid-for advice is a major problem in immigration cases. Commenting on a briefing she received before working on her first immigration case, Milner-Smith ...

November 17, 2017, Global Policy Watch

Summary This past week was a plenary week in the European Parliament, during which many significant initiatives were adopted by the Parliament. Last Tuesday, MEPs approved new EU-wide rules for shopping online, in an attempt to protect consumers against fraud and to stop rogue traders in a more efficient manner. Through the revised Consumer Protection...… ...

November 17, 2017, Global Policy Watch

In the wake of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress, and US President Donald Trump’s visit to China, the Ministry of Finance has announced a high-level roadmap for broadening market access for foreign investors in the financial services industry. This policy development, long under discussion, is part of an effort by the Chinese leadership...… ...

November 17, 2017, Inside Government Contracts

As we reported late last month, one-third of the Senate Democratic caucus doubled down on efforts to keep “Buy American” protections intact for certain defense items. Now Senate Democrats are declaring a “Buy American” victory as the FY 2018 NDAA conference report revealed that some of these protections will remain. DOD “Buy American” Protections Remain...… ...

November 17, 2017, Inside Privacy

The White House released on November 15, 2017 the Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process for the United States Government (“VEP”) — the process by which the Government determines whether to disseminate or restrict information about new, nonpublic vulnerabilities that it discovers.  This release was motivated by criticism following the allegations that ...

November 17, 2017, Covington Alert

Earlier this week, FDA issued a long-anticipated draft guidance on best practices to follow when convening an expert panel to evaluate whether a substance is “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, under the conditions of its intended use in food.

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