Attorney General Bonta Files Amicus Brief in Support of Workers’ Rights Under the Private Attorneys General Act | State of California – Department of Justice

Betty Q. Hixson

OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of critical California labor protections under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana. PAGA is one of California’s premier tools in the fight against worker […]

Immigration Reform in The America COMPETES Act of 2022

Betty Q. Hixson

Executive Summary The U.S. immigration system needs fundamental reform to counter worsening demographic trends—such as the country’s declining birthrate and aging population—and to refocus immigration criteria to prioritize high-skilled workers. The America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521), contains the […]

False Claims Act 2021 Year in Review

Betty Q. Hixson

AREAS TO WATCH IN 2022  CYBERSECURITY In October 2021, the DOJ announced the formation of the Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative to utilize the FCA to pursue cybersecurity-related fraud by government contractors and grant recipients. DOJ plans to focus on entities that knowingly misrepresent their cybersecurity practices or protocols, knowingly violate obligations […]