Greenberg Traurig, LLP has approximately 2,400 attorneys in 42 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the AmLaw Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified.
On April 11, 2022, the Project for Renewable Energy in Rural Markets (PERMER) from the National Secretariat of Energy received six bids for Public Tender No. 1 /2022, for the supply and installation of photovoltaic equipment and internal installations in public buildings of 19 provinces of Argentina, which will supply 281 institutions.
For nearly two decades, contractors relied on email to submit their proposal submissions to the Government. Despite the conveniences of modern technology, prospective offerors often face issues with the timely delivery of their electronic proposals. Sometimes proposals are quarantined for containing macro files or rejected for exceeding file size limitations. Even when an offeror seeks to confirm receipt of its proposal, there is no guarantee that these follow-up communications will reach the intended agency representative.
On May 12, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a $2,804,110 settlement with Hensel Phelps Construction Company to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by circumventing federal regulations designed to encourage contract awards to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses (SDVOSBs). According to the settlement, Hensel Phelps, a general contractor that performs public and private construction projects, improperly claimed credit toward its small business subcontracting goals for subcontracts it awarded to an SDVOSB that it should have known was acting as a mere “pass-through” for a large business that was actually performing the work.
On May 4, 2022, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-9-22 (EO) to create a regulatory approach for cryptocurrency companies and to determine how to use blockchain technology for state and public institutions. Through the EO, California is becoming a leader in developing new rules of the road for emerging digital currencies and related crypto technologies.
On May 9, 2022, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) issued an advisory opinion to clarify that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Regulation B (Reg B) protect individuals and businesses against discrimination in “all aspects of a credit arrangement.” According to CFPB Director Rohit Chopra, the protections afforded under ECOA and Reg B do not “vanish” after the application process. The opinion comes at a time when the Bureau has heightened its focus on ensuring fairness and racial equality in both credit and non-credit aspects of consumer finance.
Intellectual property (IP) law allows individuals, in certain circumstances, to protect “creations of the mind,” providing the owner with exclusive ownership and the right to monetize in various ways, depending on the type of IP at issue. When considering protection for IP in the equine industry, trademarks, copyrights, and rights of publicity most immediately come to mind. But there is another type of intellectual property protection, often overlooked, that can be a powerful tool – design patents.
On April 28, 2022, the Federal Official Gazette published two decrees concerning labor and employment matters: The decree amending Section IX of Article 132 and Section V of Article 204 of the Federal Labor Law (FLL), which covers employer obligations. The decree adding a second paragraph to Article 512 of the FLL, which refers to labor risks.
On April 22, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the “Stop W.O.K.E. Act,” which stands for “Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees.” In his remarks when announcing the legislation, Governor DeSantis described the Act as “protect[ing] Florida workers against the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to endure CRT-inspired ‘training’ and ‘indoctrination.’”
On 4 May 2022, the UK government announced a ban on UK persons or entities exporting certain professional services to Russia, prohibiting Russian businesses from benefitting from these services. The amendments to the UK sanctions regime have not yet been implemented, and a timetable for their introduction is not currently known. It remains to be seen whether and how this ban might impact intracompany services (such as accounting and management consulting) provided by a UK parent company to its Russian subsidiary, or will it instead be limited to arms-length non-affiliated service providers. In light of the tone of the announcement, however, the ban is expected to restrict the provision of such services, directly or indirectly, to persons connected with Russia or in Russia.
In Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills, Inc., 76 Cal. App. 5th 685 (2022), the California Court of Appeal, in relevant part, reversed a trial court’s order decertifying a subclass and dismissing related Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims as unmanageable. In doing so, the court held “a court cannot strike a PAGA claim based on manageability.”
Both the House and Senate have passed legislation under the Railway Labor Act to avoid a railroad strike by imposing the bargaining agreement brokered by President Joe Biden in September 2022.
College life was just one of the many things affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The regulations implementing the CCPA require that a business verify the identity of a consumer that submits a specific-information access request to a “reasonably high degree of certainty.”
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in November 2022 released a targeted exam letter pertaining to communications for crypto products and services.
It has been a long and heated debate as to whether NFTs and certain cryptocurrencies can be deemed as securities under applicable laws and precedents.
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