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Teaming Agreements Offer Government Contractors A Way To Avoid Court Battles

Business and Commercial Disputes By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2018/07/15 at 11:31am

Like most small businesses, government contractors are focused on keeping control over their expenses. And who doesn’t hate that one dreaded line item: legal? Well, who other than lawyers that is. Admittedly, this may be a counterintuitive point for a litigator to be raising. But the fact is, savvy companies wanting to secure government contracts realize they need to find creative ways to avoid the courthouse while increasing the chances of being a successful bidder. One such strategy allows competitors and collaborators to band together to pursue a contract by creating a “teaming agreement.” This allows multiple firms to pool […]

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civil litigation, Government contractors, litigation, teaming agreements

New Threat: Paper Wants to Publish Title IX Sex Offender Registery

Civil Rights and LibertiesTitle IX By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2018/07/13 at 01:50pm

The law of “unintended consequences” – the actions of people and government have effects that are unanticipated – may well be on vividly harsh display shortly for Title IX. Among other things, the law requires schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funding to investigate claims of sexual harassment and assault against students. But depending on the outcome of a lawsuit currently on appeal in North Carolina, Title IX might end up being used to create a de facto “sex offenders” list at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill despite there being no trials or due process for […]

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civil litigation, civil rights, Student Conduct, Title IX

Many Title IX Officers Trample Students’ Due Process, Other Constitutional Rights

Civil Rights and LibertiesTitle IX By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2018/07/13 at 01:13pm

This is a terrifying yet very real case study in how easily universities and other schools use Title IX to abuse the Constitutional rights of students accused of sexual misconduct including denying due process, the right to confront and question an accuser, and the right against self-incrimination. When former Houston Texan football player Keith Murphy was a student at Michigan State University, a female student he knew accused him of sexually assaulting her. Under Title IX the school was required to investigate or risk losing federal funds. Operating (initially) without an attorney, Murphy voluntarily provided text message evidence of a […]

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civil litigation, civil rights, Student Conduct, Title IX

White Collar Criminal Defense: Plea Bargaining Tactics

White Collar Criminal Defense By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2018/06/29 at 12:28pm

If you have been charged with a white collar crime (i.e., a nonviolent crime intended to secure financial gain through deception, and involving a professional or someone with specialized technical skills), then you may be feeling particularly vulnerable.  After all, the consequences for such crimes can be quite serious, and may include imprisonment, fines, and the loss of your professional licenses. Plea bargains are an option for many white collar criminal defendants, and in fact, most criminal litigation ends with some form of a negotiated compromise between the prosecution and the defendant.  In some cases, a plea bargain allows the […]

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