AFR & Associates Inc. v. HUD, API, ASBCA, Air Force, Al Gore, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Android, Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Application Programming Interface, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), Army, Bayh-Dole Act, Best Buy, Bionic, BusyBox, Buy American Act, CalOPPA, California Attorney General, California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Combating Trafficking in Persons, Computer Law Association, Contract Disputes Act of 1978, Contracting Officer, Copyleft, Court of Federal Claims, Davis Bacon Act (DBA), Defense Base Act (DBA), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Delta Air Lines, Democrats, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Labor (DOL), Eric Raymond, Executive Order, FAR Council, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Court of Claims, Federal Register, Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal procurement law, Final Proposal Revisions (FPRs), Fluor Hanford, Fly Delta app, Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 (FERA), Free Open Source Software (FOSS), Free Software Conservancy, Free Software Foundation (FSF), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), FrostWire, GAO, GPL, General Services Administration (GSA), Google, Government, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Harald Welte, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Honeycomb, Housing Authority, IDIQ, Inc., Java API, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), Linux, Mayo v. Prometheus, Medicare, Mozilla, NAICS, NAICS code appeal, NASA, National Defense Authorization Act for 2013, Navy, OHA, Obama Administration, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Oracle, Oracle v. Google, President Obama, Republicans, Request for Proposal, Richard Stallman, Sarah Palin, Senate, Service Contract Act (SCA), Small Business Administation Office of Hearings and Appeals, Small Business Administration (SBA), Small Business Fair Competition Act, Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), Sole-Source Contract Awards, Supreme Court, TouchPad, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. military, US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, US Court of Appeals, William Alsup, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), World Trade Organization (WTO), bid protests, bootcharting, closed development, cloud computing, compliance programs, contract awards, contractor, copyright, corruption, data security, federal contractors, federal government, fixed price contract, fraud, good faith, government contracting, government contracts, malware, minimum wage, mobile app, open source, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), outsourcing, post-award protest, price adjustment, privacy policy, privacy rights, privity of contract, smartphones, social media, sole source contracts, stimulus funds, subcontracting, subcontractor, wage and hour

News/Resources: Blog

Brown Rudnick BLOGS

Welcome to Brown Rudnick’s blog page.  Below you will find our Emerging Technologies and Government Contracts blogs.  To read our Real Estate blog, Get Real! Keeping Real Estate Professionals Ahead, please visit www.getrealestatelawblog.com.

The views expressed herein are solely the views of the author(s) and do not represent the views of parties represented by the blogger(s) or the views of Brown Rudnick LLP or parties it represents.

Mobile App Privacy: Five Things Businesses Can Do To Stay Out Of Trouble

Posted on Friday, Dec 21, 2012


The business case for offering a mobile app can be compelling: an app can give a business a constant presence on its customers’ mobile desktop, building brand awareness and allowing easy and direct interaction.  But businesses that roll out apps need to pay attention to privacy rules, too, as the recent enforcement action by California’s Attorney General reminds us.

view full post >

A New Wave Of GPL Enforcement? Samba and Linux kernel copyrightholders join the fight

Posted on Friday, Jun 29, 2012


Talk about unintended consequences: Rob Landley, a lead developer of BusyBox, announced that he was rewriting that program solely to disarm GPL enforcers. In response, several other copyright holders came forward to hand the enforcers some bigger and more effective weapons.

view full post >

The Internet is Not a Lawyer

Posted on Thursday, Nov 5, 2015

BY and

Under some laws–for example, the Fair Labor Standards Act, which governs minimum wages and overtime pay–courts are instructed to impose more stringent penalties if they find that a violation was “willful.” An FLSA violation is willful if the employer showed reckless disregard for whether its conduct was prohibited by the statute. In contrast, an employer that violated the FLSA but can show that it made good faith efforts to ascertain its legal obligations may pay less in back wages. In effect, if you make an effort to understand and comply with the law you get bonus points for good behavior.

In one recent case, Miles v. HSC-Hopson Services Co., Inc. (5th Cir. 2015), the court found that the employer (Hopson) violated the FLSA by docking employees 30 minutes of pay for tardiness–even when the employee was only five minutes late. In an effort to lessen damages, Hopson argued that his violation was not willful because he went to an “E-law” website and determined his conduct complied with FLSA guidelines. He did not consult with a lawyer or contact the Department of Labor prior to the lawsuit being filed.

The court rejected Hopson’s argument, finding that his reliance on his own understanding of an internet source constituted reckless disregard of his obligations. So, next time you have an FLSA question, or any other legal doubt for that matter, it might be more prudent to consult an attorney with expertise in the area than rely on your favorite internet search engine.

view full post >

Premature Implementation of New Sick Leave Requirement Could Cost You Contract Price Adjustments

Posted on Monday, Sep 21, 2015

BY and

You’ve probably heard by now that President Obama announced an executive order on Labor Day requiring government contractors to give workers sick leave in addition to vacation and fringe benefits already required by the Service Contract Act and Davis Bacon Act. That executive order would entitle employees of government contractors to earn up to 7 days or more of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. (Executive Order 13706, 80 Fed. Reg. 54,697)

Before you change your policy, stop and take a deep breath.

view full post >