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The Global Warming Solutions Act’s Mandate to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Fool’s Errand?

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Massachusetts’ highest court) recently concluded that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) failed to adequately comply with the Global Warming Solutions Act because it did not adopt regulations that would mandate a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.  Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection The Court found […]

UK Confiscation in the Wake of Tom Hayes

In January 2016, the Home Affairs Select Committee launched an Inquiry into the effectiveness of the UK’s proceeds of crime regime. It is anticipated that the Inquiry will hone in on the legal concept of ‘criminal benefit’ and how the UK enforcement authorities broadly define this concept when assessing the benefit obtained by defendants as […]

Labor Department Makes Stealth Changes to Service Contract Act Regulations

We are guessing that you did not hear this morning that the U.S. Department of Labor has published final regulations widening coverage of the Service Contract Act, the law that requires workers on federal service contracts to receive prevailing wages, health and welfare benefits, and paid holidays and vacations. More correctly, you probably did hear […]

Some Mission Statements ARE Enforceable By Contract, Says ASBCA

There are many prurient details one might choose to focus on in the recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) decision App. of—Joseph Sottolano, ASBCA No. 59777, which upheld the termination of an Army baseball coach’s contract for, among other things: bad acts of a sexual nature during “the official duty day in government […]

Delay, Delay, Corporate Acquisition, No Standing

In Universal Protection Service, LP v. United States, et al., No. 16-126C, the United States Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) found that Universal was not a “complete successor in interest” to ABM Security Services. The consequence for Universal was that it did not have standing to pursue a protest regarding a proposal that had been […]