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D. Jacques Smith, Michael F. Dearington
On May 17, 2022, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued an opinion in a False Claims Act suit, narrowly interpreting the so-called “government-action bar.” The government-action bar, 31 USC § 3730(e)(3), forecloses qui tam suits.
Eva J. Pulliam, Christine Chong, Destiny Planter
Headlines that Matter for Privacy and Data Security
Charles B. Ferguson, Jr., Kimberly A. Wachen
The metaverse, regarded by many as the next frontier in digital commerce, does not, on its surface, appear to offer many benefits to an industry with a core mission of providing a physical space for guests to use and occupy. However, there are many opportunities that the metaverse may offer.
D. Jacques Smith, Michael F. Dearington, Kevin R. Pinkney
Federal Contractors Beware: Sixth Circuit Recognizes False Claims Act Exposure Based on Allegedly Inflated Labor Cost Estimates Leading To Firm-Fixed-Price Contract.
Hunter T. Carter, Gabriela E. Palmieri
Una latina orgullosa y asesora de confianza, Gabriela E. Palmieri se enfoca en el manejo de transacciones transfronterizas y multijurisdiccionales. 
Jo-Ann Marchica, Stephen Blake, Mindy Pittell Hurwitz
The metaverse is widely regarded as the next frontier in digital commerce, with businesses across industries spending millions of dollars to position themselves as market leaders. While it offers clear opportunities for businesses, the metaverse also presents unique legal challenges.
Lynn R. Fiorentino, Debra Albin-Riley, Brian P. Waldman, Robert G. Edwards, Ph.D., Shelby A. Cummings
Prop 65 Counsel: What To Know
Matthew Berlin, Mariam Creedon, Christine Chong, Kinnon McDonald, Scott L. Gates
With the widespread adoption of remote work, companies in all industries have turned to electronic signature (e-signature) solutions to sign the dotted line quickly and efficiently. E-signature solutions allow companies to execute the agreements necessary to run their businesses.
D. Jacques Smith, Randall A. Brater, Michael F. Dearington, Mattie Bowden
Headlines that Matter for Companies and Executives in Regulated Industries
David R. Hamill, Leah Scarpelli, Nancy A. Noonan, Angela M. Santos, Diana Quaia
US Government agencies have announced concurrent reviews of the Section 301 and Section 232 tariffs, which may result in changes to the current tariff rates and product lists in the coming months. At the end of this report is a chart specifying the periods and deadlines this spring and summer.
Gayland O. Hethcoat II, M.H. Joshua Chiu
The HHS Office for Civil Rights is requesting comments about HIPAA covered entities’ and business associates’ implementation of “recognized security practices” and payments to “harmed individuals” from funds the agency collects from its enforcement actions. Stakeholders have until June 6, 2022.
Kay C. Georgi, Matthew Tuchband, Sylvia G. Costelloe
On May 8, 2022 (aka Mother’s Day), the Biden Administration announced yet another series of export controls and sanctions measures intended to ratchet up the costs on Russia’s economy and limit its ability to continue its war in Ukraine. 
Aaron H. Jacoby
In today’s podcast episode, Aaron Jacoby speaks with Breanne Eagles and Kim Linebarger from Moss Adams to discuss the current state of the buy-sell market for automotive dealerships and factors to consider when going to market.
Helenka B. Mietka, Valerie E. Ross
A number of recent cases seek to combat what plaintiffs claim is a surge of deceptive marketing by companies in the food space. In particular, there have been a number of claims concerning the use and labeling of vanilla flavoring.
George P. Angelich, Brett D. Goodman
After years of large retailers and malls struggling prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the most vulnerable retailers filing for bankruptcy relief in its immediate wake in early 2020, the US economy rebounded strongly with the aid of government assistance and low interest rates.
Sarah L. Lode, Francis X. Lyons, J. Michael Showalter
On May 5, 2022, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its new environmental justice (EJ) strategy, which has been a priority to the Biden Administration.
Adam D. Bowser, Douglas A. Grimm, Jeffrey E. Rummel
Comments sought regarding the permissibility of messages relating to Medicaid and other health coverage programs.

The FCC is seeking comment on a request for clarification submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services related to TCPA compliance for certain healthcare messages.
J. Michael Showalter, Daniel J. Deeb
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) released its long-awaited Environmental justice (EJ) enforcement strategy today, a priority for the Biden Administration.
D. Jacques Smith, Randall A. Brater, Michael F. Dearington, Nadia Patel
Headlines that Matter for Companies and Executives in Regulated Industries
Douglas A. Grimm, Gayland O. Hethcoat II
The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published a favorable determination, Advisory Opinion 22-06, on behalf of a biopharmaceutical company (the Requestor) regarding the Requestor’s provision of free genetic testing and counseling.
Henry Morris, Jr.
This week, in a memorandum addressed to all Regional Directors, Officers-in-Charge, and Resident Officers, the Board’s Office of the General Counsel announced a new protocol designed to advance immigrant worker protections to freely exercise their NLRA rights and safely participate.
David R. Hamill, Leah Scarpelli, Antonio J. Rivera, Robert E. Shervette, IV, David Llorente
The US Trade Representative (USTR) has issued a Federal Register notice to initiate the first step of a statutory review process to determine whether China tariffs issued pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 should be continued beyond the 4-year mark since their implementation.
Birgit Matthiesen
Five Questions, Five Answers
Henry Morris, Jr.
Jane Cummings is blind and deaf, and she chiefly communicates using American Sign Language. When Cummings sought physical therapy from Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C., she asked it to provide an American Sign Language interpreter at her appointments.
Richard J. Krainin, Jerome Shuman Jr.
The metaverse is an emerging, digital environment that will allow users to do almost everything they do in real life, e.g., run businesses, buy real estate, enter into contracts, and socialize, albeit in a virtual setting. It is often described as the next, natural iteration of the current internet.