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Binnall addresses National 8a Association on Teaming Agreements

Speaking Engagements By Binnall Law Group - 2018/01/01 at 12:00am

H&B Partner Jesse Binnall addressed the National 8a Association today, a professional association of small businesses that providing government contracting services. Jesse spoke to the attendees on teaming agreements, contracts that government contractors often enter into with each other to share the workload on a project. Specifically, he discussed the enforceability of such agreements, as they are often considered to be “agreements to agree” and thus not enforceable.

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White Collar Criminal Defense – When A Common Interest Agreement Can Toughen A Common Defense

White Collar Criminal Defense By Binnall Law Group - 2017/12/20 at 09:25am

When separate and often unrelated parties to any sort of court action – especially if it involves criminal allegations – act in concert as they build their defense, they have to be very careful not to either run afoul of collusion or obstruction of justice rules or waive the attorney-client privilege. But there is a perfectly legitimate – and lawful – way for co-defendants in a civil or criminal action to work together without finding themselves in even more trouble than they might be at the moment. Typically called a common interest agreement or a joint defense agreement, it allows […]

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appeal, civil litigation, Common defense, white collar

White Collar Criminal Defense – 1st Cir Rejects Another Gov’t Theory In “Official Act” Prosecutions

White Collar Criminal Defense By Binnall Law Group - 2016/12/20 at 12:00am

The First Circuit dealt another blow to prosecutors’ aggressive pursuit of public officials in “official act” type prosecutions. This time, RICO and mail fraud statutes were at issue in US v. Tavares. Holding that gratuity statutes should be treated more as a “scalpel” than a “meat hook,” the court held that the Government went too far in its theory of criminal liability against officials at the Massachusetts Office of the Commissioner of Probation. The officials were charged with engaging in a hiring scheme where a legislator’s favored employment candidate would be hired by the OCP in exchange for those legislators’ […]

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appeal, white collar