Since 1987 the Pentagon has used the "rule of two" when awarding contracts. The rule states that if two or more qualified small disadvantaged firms indicate interest in bidding for a contract, then only disadvantaged firms may compete for it. Last yea r, the rule resulted in $1 billion in federal business going to minority firms. In the first action resulting from President Clinton's affirmative action legal review, the Defense Department announced that it plans to suspend the rule, partly because it became legally vulnerable after this summer's Supreme Court Adarand v. Pena decision. As minorities own the majority of these disadvantaged firms, this decision seriously and negatively impacts their bidding prospects.
Media Resources: Source: The Washington Post - October 23, 1995, A1
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .