Group Sues U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for Discharging Pollutants

California’s Central Valley is home to fertile agricultural land, though it receives little rainfall. The federal government helped alleviate this problem by constructing irrigation and drainage projects to provide water to the region. A diverse group of plaintiffs sued the United States Bureau of Reclamation and San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority on the grounds that the drainage system discharged pollutants into the surrounding waters, violating the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). The plaintiffs appealed rulings by the district court in favor of the defendants. Background The...

Your Rights as an Employee Under OSHA

Many work environments require workers to exercise care when performing their jobs. Some employees are exposed to dangers in the workplace on a daily basis. Faulty equipment, caustic chemicals, wet floors, different sources of heat, and ergonomic hazards all present opportunities for being injured on the job. To ensure your safety, it is important that you know and understand the rights provided to you under laws administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). Your Rights Employees are entitled to a safe workplace free of health and safety hazards. Good...

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Russian Satellites Trailing US Spy Satellite in Orbit

In a recent statement, General John “Jay” Raymond, the commander of the newly-formed U.S. Space Force, said that since last year two Russian satellites have been demonstrating “unusual and disturbing behavior” while following a multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite in orbit. Launched in November of last year, Kosmos 2542, an inspection satellite, released a second smaller spacecraft. The two Russian craft have been orbiting in the same plane as a satellite operated by the National Reconnaissance Office called USA 245, which has been in space since 2013. The two Russian spacecraft...

Breweries and Trademarks- A Conversation

Breweries and Trademarks- A Conversation

1. [Introduction] We are Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC a law firm situated in Section Denver Colorado and with me I have a Brandon Selinsky the Selinsky in our name. The other named shareholder in our law firm. Over the next 15 minutes or so, what Brandon and I plan to talk about is just some intellectual property issues. Brandon has a particular interest in working in the trademark space with brewers in particular and he's already started doing some of that in Denver Colorado. Welcome Denver, welcome Brandon. Thanks Joe. So, Brandon first do a little bit of an introduction. You like me we're not...

Bid Protests How To: When and Where to File a Bid Protest

Bid Protests How To: When and Where to File a Bid Protest

[Bid Protest Video Transcript] [Introduction] Okay, my name is Joe Whitcomb and I am coming to you on, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. I of course, I'm the founder, owner of Whitcomb Selinsky PC and today I'm going to bring you a presentation on basically the fundamentals of filing a bid protest. Now to put this in context a bid protests, most of you reviewing this will know what it is.

Limitations in Subcontracting Transcript

Limitations in Subcontracting Transcript

I am bringing you the first video blog of the New Year from Whitcomb, Selinsky. Whitcomb, Selinsky, is a veteran owned and operated law firm in Denver Colorado. Our focus is veteran centric. We do a lot of government contract work in our office, so today we're going to be talking specifically on a subject that comes up quite a bit in the context of government contracting, which is referred to commonly as the limitations in subcontracting. That regulation is governed primarily by 13 CFR 125.6, which is under the Small Business Administration regulations. The regulation was promulgated in July...

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Technically Robust Proposal:AWS Prevails in Its Quest to Halt Performance on JEDI Contract

Last month, we wrote about the latest development in the much-litigated Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (“JEDI”) contract. That development was Amazon Web Services, Inc.’s (“AWS”) request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, following the filing of its November 2019 complaint at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”). AWS’ motion was aimed at preventing the Department of Defense (“DoD”) and JEDI contract awardee, Microsoft Corp. (“Microsoft”), from commencing performance on the $10 billion contract. On February 13, 2020, COFC...

13 Things to Look for In the Seller’s Representations and Warranties.

13 Things to Look for In the Seller’s Representations and Warranties.

[Introduction] My name is Joe Whitcomb coming to you from Whitcomb Selinsky PC. We are a Denver based law firm in the South Metro portion of Denver Colorado. I am coming today to you to speak to you about representations and warranties. Representations and warranties are normally documents that accompany the purchase or sale of a company. From today today's perspective, I'm going to bring you the things you would be looking for as a buyer in the representations and warranties of a company you were purchasing. It typically referred to as a target company. These are typically things that are...

Fishing Associations Challenge Monument Designation in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone

Fishing Associations Challenge Monument Designation in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone

The Antiquities Act The Antiquities Act was signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. The Act gives the President discretion to declare historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are owned or controlled by the federal government, to be national monuments. The Monument The Act has been used by Presidents to create 158 national monuments. These include the Grand Canyon National Monument established by President Theodore Roosevelt, the Hanford Reach National Monument established by President Clinton, and the...

Lawmakers Eliminate Controversial Plan to Limit GI Bill Benefits Transferability

Lawmakers Eliminate Controversial Plan to Limit GI Bill Benefits Transferability

Earlier this year, military officials announced plans to change education benefits rules to prevent service members with more than 16-years of service from transferring their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children. Under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House on Wednesday, December 11, the controversial plan would be completely eliminated. The legislation, which passed the House by a 377-48 vote, includes language prohibiting the Defense Department “from imposing a general limit on transferability [of education benefits] based on the number of...