PilieroMazza Celebrates Women’s History Month

PilieroMazza celebrates Women’s History Month and throughout the year, we recognize the ongoing achievements and contributions of the women within the Firm—including our Founding Partner Pam Mazza —who set the foundation for the successful firm we are today and who are leading us into the future.  #WomensHistoryMonth

Congress Expands Buy Indian Act Procurement Authority: 7 Key Changes Native American Businesses Should Watch

A law passed by Congress at the end of 2020 seeks to expand contracting opportunities under the Buy Indian Act (Act). Through the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2020, Congress amended the Act to expand the scope of the authority of the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make acquisitions subject to preferences for Indian labor and Indian industry under the Act. It is unclear how DOI or HHS will . . . Read More

PilieroMazza Assists in Acquisition of Defense Contractor SEACORP

Members of PilieroMazza ‘s Government Contracts Group were part of the team representing KapCo Holdings LLC in the recent acquisition of government contractor Systems Engineering Associates Corporation (SEACORP).  The acquisition was first announced by PR Newswire here .  PilieroMazza attorneys Jon Williams, Katie Burrows, Tim Valley, and other members of the Firm’s Government Contracts Group were proud to work alongside Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  PilieroMazza congratulates the parties on this successful transaction.

PilieroMazza Reacts to the Rise in Violence Against the Asian-American Community

In the past year, 3,800 acts of violence were perpetrated against the Asian-American community, with a disproportionate number of these attacks directed at women specifically.  The PilieroMazza family joins others in raising our voices to condemn these acts of violence, which diminish us as a nation and violate every human being’s basic right to live with dignity and respect.  What can we do?  Below are useful resource links to help us stay informed and find ways to support our neighbors . . . Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Liability Under the False Claims Act for PPP Loan Recipients

Earlier this year, my colleague, Matt Feinberg, and I reviewed the False Claims Act (FCA) statistics for 2020 .  We forecasted that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other small business loan programs initiated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act would generate a surge in new FCA matter reporting.  This month, a former employee of a government contracting firm filed a complaint against the firm under the federal FCA anti-retaliation clause and Florida state whistleblower statutes. [1]   This lawsuit serves as a reminder . . . Read More

5 Fundamentals of the Corporate Transparency Act: Impacts on Small Businesses

On January 1, 2021, Congress enacted the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. In an effort to strengthen the fight against money laundering and the funding of terrorist activities, it included broad amendments to the U.S. Anti-Money Laundering Act, the most significant of which was the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). The CTA will greatly impact the way businesses are formed and how they operate, and it will require regular reporting practices that businesses need to prepare for before the CTA takes effect. Below are . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – March 18, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . WEBINAR: Roadmap to Joint Venture Agreements: Legal and Accounting Considerations, April 6, 2021, Tony Franco . Read more here . COVID-19 Client Resource Center: To access resources for businesses navigating the COVID-19 crisis, we invite you to visit PilieroMazza’s “ COVID-19 Client Resource Center .” Contact covid19@pilieromazza.com for immediate assistance. LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION Do Corporations Have Fifth Amendment Rights Against Self-Incrimination? The Corporate Designee’s Rights in a FRCP 30(b)(6) Deposition, March 10, 2021, Megan Benevento Anyone who has watched a courtroom . . . Read More

Keeping Your PPP from Turning into FCA

Last month, I had the privilege of being a panelist during the Federal Bar Association’s 2021 Qui Tam Conference. Referred to as “the Oscars for False Claims Act nerds,” this year’s conference included such speakers as Senator Chuck Grassley and focused on the False Claims Act (FCA) in times of crisis. The panel I spoke on, titled “Civil Fraud Issues Arising from SBA’s CARES Act Programs,” covered the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), FCA liability risks small . . . Read More

PPP Eligibility Increases Under American Rescue Plan Act, but Deadline to Apply Remains March 31

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Act). The Act allotted an additional $7.25 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding for small businesses. Moreover, nonprofit entities and digital media companies are now allowed to receive funding. Below are key PPP eligibility updates made under the Act and details on the borrower application deadline. Under the Act, eligible nonprofits now include those employing 500 or fewer employees per physical location (300 or fewer . . . Read More

PilieroMazza Litigators Win Dismissal for Defense Industry Government Contractor in Employment Litigation Case

ALEXANDRIA, VA, MARCH 16, 2021:   PilieroMazza is pleased to announce the Firm obtained a full dismissal, with prejudice, of an employment and security clearance litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of a government contractor in the defense industry.  “This victory highlights the collaborative nature of our practice,” said Matt Feinberg , Chair of PilieroMazza’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and lead counsel on the client’s litigation.  “Our representation of this valued client involved attorneys from three of our four . . . Read More