Government Contracts

  • July 22, 2014

    Defense Contractor Fights For Testimony Of US Prosecutor

    The Public Warehousing Co., accused of defrauding the government on food delivery contracts during the Iraq war, fired off a motion Monday seeking to cross-examine a prosecutor that the company has accused of intimidating a key witness.

  • July 22, 2014

    VA Nominee Gets Warm Welcome At Senate Confirmation

    Senators were sober but supportive during the Tuesday confirmation hearing of secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee Robert MacDonald, saying his experience as a veteran and a former CEO of Procter & Gamble made him the right candidate to take on the tough task of leading the VA out of a series of health care scandals.

  • July 22, 2014

    Northrop Wins Navy Contract Of Up To $61M For Ship Defense

    Northrop Grumman Corp. has secured a potentially $61 million contract to provide the U.S. Navy with engineering services for a ship self-defense system, the company said Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2014

    Paving Co. Exec Cops To Role In $88M Contract Scheme

    The chief financial officer of a North Carolina construction company accepted a plea agreement Tuesday for his part in an alleged scheme to defraud the government by securing $87.6 million in federal contracts by making it look like the company worked with minority-owned businesses.

  • July 22, 2014

    US Joins Qui Tam Suit Claiming Symantec Cheated Gov't

    The United States intervened Tuesday in a whistleblower lawsuit accusing Symantec Corp. of lying about prices and concealing discounts to drive up the cost of software sold to the government under a $222 million contract.

  • July 22, 2014

    9th Circ. Snubs $200M Planned Parenthood FCA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a former California Planned Parenthood executive's False Claims Act suit alleging the nonprofit overbilled state and federal governments for more than $200 million for birth control, saying the complaint was flawed and the action was time-barred.

  • July 22, 2014

    Northrop Wins $300M USAF Weather Services Contract

    A Northrop Grumman Corp. unit has received a $300 million contract to provide support to the U.S. Air Force's weather service, according to a U.S. Department of Defense notice.

  • July 22, 2014

    Digital Management Wins Governmentwide Contract Spot

    Mobile data developer Digital Management Inc. said Tuesday that it won a spot on the General Services Administration's governmentwide acquisition contract called Alliant Large Business.

  • July 22, 2014

    $3.7M Suit Claims Gen. Dynamics Unit Bankrupted Contractor

    Metal fabrication shop Elite Precision Fabricators Inc.has sued defense contractor General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., alleging fraud and breach of contract in connection with a work stoppage agreement that Elite says cost the company $3.7 million and forced it into bankruptcy.

  • July 22, 2014

    AlliedBarton To Pay NYC Guards $1.3M In Wage Settlement

    AlliedBarton Security Services LLC has agreed to pay $1.3 million in wages and interest due to New York City transportation security workers after failing to pay prevailing wages for more than two years, the city comptroller's office said Tuesday.

  • July 21, 2014

    Religious Pushback Expected On LGBT Executive Order

    Although President Barack Obama is no stranger to using federal contracts as a testing ground for employment reform measures, religious employers may be more resistant to Monday's executive order banning discrimination against gay and transgender contractor employees than to other recent efforts, attorneys say.

  • July 21, 2014

    Humana Looks To Toss Medicare Advantage FCA Suit

    Humana Inc. has asked a Florida federal judge to toss a whistleblower suit brought by a physician accusing the insurer of submitting fraudulent claims for payment through the Medicare Advantage program, claiming the suit fails to state a plausible theory demonstrating Humana’s liability under the False Claims Act.

  • July 21, 2014

    Mistrial Declared In Trinity Guardrail Whistleblower Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Friday declared a mistrial in a False Claims Act suit accusing Trinity Industries Inc. of secretly changing the design of its ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, saying that “serious concerns exist” regarding Trinity’s conduct.

  • July 21, 2014

    Feds Seek 41-Month Sentence For Boeing Subcontractor

    The federal government recommended a 41-month sentence for a Boeing Co. subcontractor's technical writer, who, after being fired, blackmailed his company Corsair Engineering by threatening to sell proprietary drone manuals to foreign powers.

  • July 21, 2014

    Biggest Health Care Cases Of 2014: Midyear Report

    Courts during the first half of 2014 handed down a number of important rulings that will shape the hottest topics in health care, including provider consolidation, employee benefits under the Affordable Care Act and the availability of attorney-client privilege in False Claims Act litigation.

  • July 21, 2014

    LA Sues Hospital For Spinal Implant Overbilling Scheme

    Los Angeles County sued a Long Beach hospital, its former president, and medical device company International Implants LLC in California court Friday, claiming their scheme to inflate the cost of spinal surgery equipment cost the county's workers' compensation plan millions of dollars.

  • July 21, 2014

    Bankrupt Tactical Lands $6.9M Bidder For Combat Boot Line

    Bankrupt military outfitter Tactical Intermediate Holdings Inc. on Monday won approval in Delaware federal court to conduct a speedy sale of its combat boot division after lining up a $6.9 million stalking horse bidder to purchase the unit as a going concern.

  • July 21, 2014

    Ex-Boeing Officer Pleads Guilty In Defense Kickback Scheme

    Former Boeing Co. procurement officer Deon Anderson pled guilty Friday in Missouri federal court on five charges of fraud relating to his selling of insider information to help aircraft parts manufacturers land about $3.5 million worth of military contracts.

  • July 21, 2014

    Alliant Grabs $220M In Cannon Contracts From US Allies

    Ammunition and weapons maker Alliant Techsystems Inc. has won more than $220 million in cannon contracts from U.S. allies, the company said Monday.

  • July 21, 2014

    Family Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty To $10M DOD Fraud

    The owner of an Oregon defense contractor and his sons pled guilty to fraud on Friday in Oregon federal court in connection with vehicle parts contracts for the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

Expert Analysis

  • Healthfirst Will Help Define '60-Day Rule' For FCA Cases

    Robert Homchick

    State of New York v. Healthfirst Inc. — one of the first cases to test the bounds of the Affordable Care Act's 60-day overpayment rule — may provide insights into the enforcement priorities of federal and state agencies, the interpretation of the 60-day rule by a federal court, and the willingness of courts to impose potentially massive civil penalties, say Robert Homchick and Adam Romney of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to use their inherent informational advantage to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Inside The Proposed DFARS Business Systems Rule

    Susan Booth Cassidy

    The U.S. Department of Defense proposal to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement does not address the ambiguities and risks inherent in the current rules governing business systems compliance, but it does create a new dynamic among contractors, their private auditors, and the government, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • When You Are Responsible For Your Book Of Business

    Jennifer Topper

    Finding prospective clients and retaining them has little to do with your legal training and expertise, and yet you have no practice without successful client acquisition and retention. There is no reason you cannot apply your basic legal training to successful sales efforts hinging upon your practice strength and experience, says independent law firm consultant Jennifer Topper.

  • Lessons From Omnicare Settlement In 'Swapping' Cases

    Katherine A. Lauer

    The Omnicare settlements, while not adding to the substantive case law, do demonstrate that these swapping cases will likely become more common in the coming years as more qui tam relators are tempted by these and other large settlements, say Katherine Lauer and Amy Hargeaves of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • An Inventive Way To Remove Pure State Court Claims

    Michael E. Blumenfeld

    Nondiverse state court defendants facing purely state law claims that seek to secure federal jurisdiction should determine whether a good faith basis exists to pursue a third-party action against a federal actor in order to trigger the representative U.S. Attorney’s certification and remove such claims under the Westfall Act, say Michael Blumenfeld and Jonathan Singer of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Notable New Breach Controls For Intelligence Contractors

    Tom McSorley

    Overall, the procedures and requirements contemplated by the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act contain little detail. Most of the work is yet to be done. However, the Director of National Intelligence will not necessarily be starting from a blank slate, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • Data Breach Dismissals Continue Post-Clapper

    David M. Brown Jr.

    In re Science Applications International Corp. Backup Tape Data Theft Litigation reinforces the trend among federal courts in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA that the loss of data and increased risk of indentity theft from data breaches do not constitute injury, says David Brown Jr. of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • PRISM Scatters Attorney-Client Privilege

    Any attorney sending or storing confidential client information or privileged communications via the cloud may be knowingly exposing those communications to scrutiny by the U.S. government via programs such as the National Security Agency’s PRISM — and arguably, even waiving any claim of privilege as a result, say attorney Thomas Mullaney and Vaultive CEO Elad Yoran.