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Leaders show support for $45 million intermodal port facility
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • USA
  • November 3 2011

On the day applications were due for a federal infrastructure grant program, supporters of a new Jacksonville Port Authority intermodal container transfer facility gathered at the Dames Point Marine Terminal to discuss the opportunities the facility could generate.

“Bribery is us”: Court rejects Costa-Rican SOE’s attempt to claim victim status in Alcatel-Lucent bribery scheme (October 5, 2011)
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA, Costa Rica
  • October 5 2011

On June 1, 2011, a federal court in Florida found that Costa Rica’s Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (“ICE”), a state-owned enterprise (“SOE”) which provides electrical power and telecommunication services, was not a victim of Alcatel-Lucent S.A.’s (“Alcatel-Lucent”) bribery, and was consequently not entitled to restitution.

Blue Cross announces intention to participate in Florida Medicaid program
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • USA
  • May 16 2011

News Service of Florida reported that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida announced plans on May 10, 2011, to expand into Florida's Medicaid market.

Reforming Florida's unemployment system: an idea whose time has come?
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • USA
  • March 15 2011

Unemployment compensation is a federal-state program that provides benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own.

House Medicaid proposals scheduled for a first hearing
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

Today, the House will be taking up its Medicaid reform proposal in draft form for the first time this session.

Governor Rick Scott rejects federal high-speed rail funds; Senate President Mike Haridopolos offers support while a coalition of senators protests
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

In a surprise move with as little as a five-minute notice to key lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday rejected the nearly $2.4 billion allotted by the federal government to Florida for high-speed rail.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program targeted for elimination
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2011

In 2009, a bill creating the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program was passed into law after similar proposals had languished for years with few or no committee hearings.

Significant unemployment compensation reform headed for a hearing in the Senate
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2011

Sen Nancy Detert has filed S.B. 728, which expands the bases for disqualification from receiving benefits, requires claimants to prove their activities in seeking work, and raises the maximum tax rate to 6.4 percent (retroactive to January 1, 2011).

Florida returns funds designated for implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2011

Shortly after US District Court Judge Vinson's ruling last week finding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) unconstitutional, Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty rescinded acceptance of a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Florida federal court rules health reform law unconstitutional; implementation continues; challenges inevitably headed for Supreme Court resolution
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

On Monday, January 17, 2011, a U.S. District Court in Florida found the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to be unconstitutional, virtually assuring that the Supreme Court will resolve the question of PPACA’s constitutionality.