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Government Contracts

Our lawyers assist clients who work on government contracts, in such activities as meeting their affirmative-action obligations enforced by the Office of Federal Contracting Compliance Programs. We represent government contractors in all legal forums, at all stages of legal proceedings, including litigation of contract-performance disputes, contract-award controversies, and civil and criminal False Claims Act investigations. Organizations that want to obtain government contracts must comply with a variety of regulations regarding the diversity of their workforce, subcontractors, and vendors.

Businesses, including those new to the government contract award processes, may be unfamiliar with these requirements. Sonnenschein’s Government Contracts Practice Group represents clients participating in all facets of government contracting.

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Our New Jersey corporate attorneys act as general counsel to major clients in such industries as the broadcasting, manufacturing, technology, e-commerce, food processing, health care, and trade association industries. From strategic board-level decisions to day-to-day operations, our lawyers are the primary legal advisors assisting management in evaluating issues and formulating response strategies. Our attorneys play a significant role in corporate structuring, financing, day-to-day business activities, and other major transactions. They also have extensive experience developing diversity-related partnerships and joint ventures, in addition to corporate minority-supplier development programs.

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Our firm is experienced in meeting the legal needs of many of the world’s largest, best-known businesses, as well as of new startups, governments, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.Our competencies in the international arena include crafting transaction policies, representing foreign governments and foreign industry councils, promoting trade and economic development, and attending to international regulatory disputes. Due to our firm’s extensive international acumen, we bring to our clients a worldview as diverse as the global marketplace.

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Can brake overrides help prevent car accidents in Wisconsin?

The recent Toyota and Lexus recalls brought attention to Ohio serious car accidents caused by unintended acceleration. In those cases, many car owners reported that their gas pedal became stuck or that the breaks would not respond to pressure, leading to a collision. Some of the cars involved in these accidents did not have a brake-throttle override system, which causes the breaks to work in the event that both the brakes and the accelerator are pushed at the same time.

Federal regulators are now suggesting that the override system be a part of the required safety features in all car models. Most cars already have the feature, but regulators say that making it universal will help ensure that these types of accidents happen less frequently or not at all.

One interesting aspect to this requirement is an admission by regulators that many of these car accidents were in fact due to driver error, rather than a malfunction in the car itself. In Wisconsin, people who are injured by another driver’s error may be able to recover for the costs associated with the car accident.

The widespread problem with unintended acceleration led to extensive investigation and the government believes that including the brake-throttle override will reduce car crashes.

Some of the car accidents that resulted from unintended acceleration were caused by a gas pedal that was stuck in place or caught on the floor mat. Since the override system allows the breaks to work even in that circumstance, it could help prevent these accidents entirely.