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  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    Federal legislation passed in 1990 that prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services. The current text of the ADA includes changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009. (U.S., ADA, 2015)
  • Amortization

    An accounting procedure that gradually writes off the initial cost of an asset.
  • ANSI

  • Anticipatory Repudiation

    Statements or acts of a contractor before an actual breach of contract that indicate that the contractor does not intend or is unable to complete or continue to perform under the contract. (Nash et al., 2007)
  • Antitrust Laws

    State and federal laws enacted to ensure free, fair, and open competition by prohibiting trusts, monopolies, oligopolies, or cartels, that attempt to restrain trade. in interstate and foreign commerce.
  • APC

  • APDM


  • APL (Approved/Acceptable Products List)

  • Apparent Agency (a.k.a. “estoppel agency”)

    See Law of Agency. See Also Apparent Authority.