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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac placed in conservatorship

USA - September 8 2008 Yesterday, the Treasury Department and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively, GSEs) in conservatorship and took several other actions designed to shore up the financial condition of both GSEs

What proof is necessary to validate a subcontractor back charge?

USA - February 5 2009 Across the board, there are not a lot of court decisions that get into the details of many of the typical problems that are seen on a troubled construction project

Reporting thefts and losses of controlled substances for providers and pharmacies

USA - September 28 2012 Under the Controlled Substances Act, every person who manufactures, distributes, dispenses, imports or exports a controlled substance is required to register with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA

Indemnity for active negligence or willful misconduct now prohibited in California

USA - June 27 2013 Normally, a general contractor performs little or none of the work on a construction project with its own forces. Instead, subcontractors perform the

European Commission widens investigation into restructuring plan for Northern Rock

European Union, United Kingdom - May 7 2009 Today, the European Commission announced it has extended the scope of its April 2 in-depth investigation into the UK's aid package and restructuring plan for Northern Rock Plc

IRS announces rules on transfers to foreign partnerships

USA - August 17 2015 On August 6, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-54 (the Notice), describing regulations under Section 721(c) meant to ensure that gain is recognized

Five questions curious minds want to know about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran

Iran, USA - August 17 2015 U.S. and non-U.S. companies and financial institutions are struggling to understand the implications for their business if and when sanctions on Iran

New proposals from California Governor: will CEQA be fixed? Or will it get more complex and unwieldy?

USA - August 12 2015 The California Governor's Office is seeking input on their proposals to update the CEQA Guidelines by October 12, 2015. They have released a

Important developments on overpayment liability under the False Claims Act

USA - August 12 2015 On August 3, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NewYork issued the first judicial opinion interpreting the Affordable Care

Words mean things: the power of definitions in construction contracts

USA - August 5 2015 A recent case in the Federal Circuit revealed the danger of leaving undefined terms in construction contracts. The Department of Veterans Affairs