Woodward Inc. is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to take on two whistleblowers' appeal of a Seventh Circuit decision nixing their False Claims Act suit, which alleged the company sold unsafe helicopter parts to the military.
The U.S. Coast Guard does not have to compensate a contractor for $8.4 million in costs it allegedly incurred while building a flight simulator that the military branch never used, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals ruled Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Defense’s financial accounting remains inadequate for certain “key categories” of property, equipment and other assets, including the internal-use software and assets of the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday.
The Government Accountability Office found nothing unreasonable in the U.S. Department of Defense's equal ratings of two contractors looking to run an advanced science scholarship and work program, according to a bid protest ruling published Friday backing the DOD's decision to choose the cheaper bidder.
Honeywell Technology Solutions has won a $74 million modification to an existing supply contract with the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a U.S. Department of Defense announcement on Thursday, extending into next year an existing award for prepositioned supply ships in potential trouble spots around the world.
The U.S. Secret Service has punished 41 employees in the improper access and leak of House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz's personnel files during his committee's investigation of the beleaguered agency, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Thursday.
A hotel company hit the U.S. Air Force with a nearly $4 million bid protest lawsuit in Federal Claims court Wednesday, accusing the service of improper competition procedures for off-base lodging that enticed it to buy and renovate a Las Vegas hotel, only to be denied a contract.
Government contractors are navigating an industry facing increasing cybersecurity challenges, and experts note new and upcoming rules demanding safeguards are likely to play into contract eligibility and government enforcement actions while also spurring bid protests.
The U.S. Department of Justice runs the risk of discouraging corporations from cooperating with investigations under the so-called Yates Memo, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform said in a report Thursday, arguing that workers could be pitted against their employers under the policy.
The federal government pursued a baseless criminal investigation of a former contractor for the U.S. president’s helicopter squadron, resulting in a dismissed indictment and costing the company more than $220 million, according to a Louisiana federal suit Thursday.
The federal government’s proposed changes to how it collects public trust job applicants’ data in the wake of a massive privacy breach does more harm than good, the nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center said Tuesday, urging the government to only collect information it can protect.
Boeing representatives met with Federal Communications Commission staff this week to press for more spectrum bands intended for 5G technology to be shared with “next generation” broadband satellite communications systems currently being developed by the company, according to an ex parte filing Wednesday.
The Senate Appropriation Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a massive Homeland Security spending bill that includes a $125 million funding boost for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to address the agency’s dual role of securing U.S. borders and facilitating trade flows.
An investment fund hit Israeli military communications contractor Ability Inc. with a putative class action in Manhattan federal court Wednesday, claiming the company embellished its revenues through fraudulent accounting methods, sending its stock price soaring and later plummeting when the truth came out.
The U.S. Department of Defense's internal watchdog revealed a new investigation Wednesday into allegations of “inaccurate or misleading information” given to Congress about the decision to locate a $317 million intelligence center in the U.K., a decision heavily criticized by lawmakers.
The federal government needs to do a better job updating its outdated technology to ensure that it's not wasting money or putting its vast IT system at risk of security vulnerabilities, a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday found.
India’s top court on Thursday ruled that the second of two Italian marines accused of murdering two Indian fishermen at sea in 2012 can return home, subject to monitoring, while a panel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague decides which country has jurisdiction in the politically sensitive dispute.
The Government Accountability Office denied a protest from a losing bidder on a $14 million customer service center task order in a decision released Wednesday, agreeing with the Navy’s evaluation of the winning bidder’s past experience.
The U.S. House added possibly conflicting language addressing executive orders prohibiting LGBT discrimination among federal contractors to a $37.4 billion energy and water project authorization bill Wednesday, after voting down a measure explicitly preserving the orders in the Veterans Affairs authorization bill last week.
Boeing and Airbus urged the full Third Circuit Tuesday to upend a panel decision reviving a defect suit, arguing that aircraft engine maker Avco Corp. cannot be held to state-law product liability claims because the Federal Aviation Administration has sole authority over aircraft design.
During complex litigation, litigants often retain consulting experts to help them understand any intricate aspects of social and natural sciences present in a case, but the federal rules provide no such mechanism for the presiding judge. That is where technical advisers come in, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s implied certification case Universal Health Services v. U.S. gets all the press, the quiet doubling of False Claims Act penalties by one small federal agency — the Railroad Retirement Board — could foreshadow a dramatic increase in FCA penalties by the U.S. Department of Justice and possibly other agencies later this year, say Tirzah Lollar and Ralph Mayrell of Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Courts often require parties to develop a joint e-discovery plan. But even when they are not court-imposed, parties should consider using joint e-discovery plans to promote transparency and streamline the discovery process, say Anthony Rospert and Jake Evans of Thompson Hine LLP.
The federal False Claims Act may soon be reshaped. With a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court on the controversial theory of implied false certification, a pair of interesting cases in the Second Circuit and a recent House Judiciary Subcommittee raising issues of FCA reform, the law may face changes in text or interpretation, say attorneys with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)
In a busy lead-up to the Memorial Day recess, this week is likely to showcase instances in which Congress has been able to come together and enact important legislation and those in which contentious partisan and ideological divides are on display, say Richard Hertling and Zephanie Custer of Covington & Burling LLP.
In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.
On May 20, 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a $2 million punitive damages award imposed for a tort that caused $4,000 in economic harm was unconstitutionally excessive. In the ensuing 20 years, BMW v. Gore has proved to be a foundational case in punitive damages jurisprudence. We were fortunate enough to have played a role in this historic decision, say Mayer Brown LLP partners Andrew Frey and Evan Tager and Maserati North Am... (continued)
Last week, we discussed why corporate legal departments are taking on so much more work themselves instead of outsourcing it to law firms. This is, of course, an ominous sign for law firms and the traditional partnership structure. So too is disaggregation and the emergence of legal service providers as well as others — notably the Big Four — poised to enter the gargantuan legal services market, says Mark A. Cohen of Legal Mosaic LLC.