Is 2022 the Year for Federal Cannabis Reform?

Betty Q. Hixson

Friday, February 11, 2022 Hope soared with the possibility of federal cannabis reform in 2021.  And for good reason –  the induction of a new, more liberal administration, rapid state-level legalization, broad support by Americans,[1] and growing bipartisan backing led many to believe that 2021 was going to be the year […]

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 […]

Year after passage, state Republicans renew call for criminal justice reform law’s repeal | Crime and Courts

Betty Q. Hixson

TAYLOR VIDMAR SPRINGFIELD — Nearing one year since Democratic state lawmakers pushed through controversial criminal justice reform legislation, Illinois House Republicans are renewing their call for the law to be repealed.  State Reps. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis; Tony McCombie, R-Savanna; and Jackie Haas, R-Kankakee, at a press conference Wednesday morning criticized House […]