Government Contracts

  • May 26, 2016

    DOL Accuses Pilgrim's Pride Of Race, Gender Bias In Hiring

    The U.S. Department of Labor has sued poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. to cancel at least $75 million worth of government contracts and debar it from future contracts until it has corrected allegedly discriminatory hiring practices at a processing facility in Mount Pleasant, Texas, the agency said on Wednesday.

  • May 26, 2016

    Baseless Criminal Charges Cost Contractor $220M, Suit Says

    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.

  • May 26, 2016

    Feds Join $50M Calif. FCA Suit Against Prime Healthcare

    The federal government joined a $50 million False Claims Act suit alleging Prime Healthcare Services Inc. overcharged Medicare and Medicaid with phony admissions information at California hospitals, saying Wednesday Prime’s alleged fraudulent billing practices are unfair to taxpayers.

  • May 26, 2016

    PharMerica Wrong On FCA's 1st-To-File Bar, High Court Hears

    PharMerica Corp.’s effort to force the dismissal of False Claims Act suits filed when related suits were pending should be rejected, a whistleblower pharmacist told the U.S. Supreme Court this week in a battle over the FCA’s so-called first-to-file bar.

  • May 26, 2016

    $37.4B Energy, Water Bill Sunk By Party Split In House

    Both parties voted to sink the $37.4 billion bill laying out spending for energy and water infrastructure projects in the House of Representatives Thursday, as members rejected the bill over measures providing LGBT protections, blocking the Iran nuclear deal and energy efficiency rules.

  • May 26, 2016

    Bon Secours Must Face Ex-Employee’s FCA Suit

    A New York federal judge said Tuesday that Bon Secours Health System must face a former employee’s claims that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars and fired her for launching the allegations, saying she provided sufficient details to back the claims up.

  • May 26, 2016

    Israeli Military Contractor Accused Of Stock Inflation

    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.

  • May 26, 2016

    $317M UK Intel Center Draws Defense Watchdog Scrutiny

    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.

  • May 26, 2016

    UK Broadband Plan Nabs EU Backing

    European Commission competition regulators have thrown their support behind the U.K.’s four-year broadband investment strategy, saying the plan complies with rules designed to protect competition and private-sector investment opportunities in government-supported projects.

  • May 26, 2016

    Outdated Gov't IT Costs Billions, Puts Security At Risk: GAO

    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. 

  • May 26, 2016

    Fla. Heart Doc Says Settlement Imminent In FCA Suit

    A Florida heart surgeon is nearing a settlement in a False Claims Act suit alleging he ordered unnecessary tests on patients in exchange for Medicare payments, according to recent Florida federal court filings.

  • May 26, 2016

    GAO Denies Protest Over $14M Navy Customer Service Award

    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.

  • May 25, 2016

    House Battles Over LGBT Protections In Energy, Water Bill

    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.

  • May 25, 2016

    NY Board OKs $485M For Buffalo-Area Solar Plant

    The New York State Public Authorities Control Board on Wednesday approved $485.5 million in additional funding for a solar panel production plant in Buffalo.

  • May 25, 2016

    Biz Group Shut Out From State's DOE Plutonium Waste Suit

    A federal judge on Wednesday refused to let a regional economic development alliance intervene in South Carolina’s lawsuit against the Department of Energy over a failure to complete a controversial, multibillion-dollar nuclear weapons waste disposal facility, saying the group's interests were adequately represented by the state.

  • May 25, 2016

    IRS Wrong To Deny $26.4M Tax Deduction, Builder Says

    A Scottsdale-based residential and commercial builder asked an Arizona federal court to restore a $26.4 million tax deduction thrown out by the Internal Revenue Service, saying that the figure is warranted by the company’s preservation of about 182 acres within a nearly 9,000-acre Phoenix-area development.

  • May 25, 2016

    Pa. Township Supervisors Violated Sunshine Act, DA Says

    Four members of a Pennsylvania township's board of supervisors violated the state Sunshine Act by agreeing in a private email vote to hire a consultant to oversee the hunt for township manager, the Bucks County district attorney announced Wednesday.

  • May 25, 2016

    House Passes Energy Policy Bill Over Democratic Objections

    House Republicans on Wednesday voted to approve a new version of its energy policy overhaul, over largely Democratic objections that the bill ignites “water wars” in California, resurrects the Keystone XL pipeline and prioritizes fossil fuels over renewable energy.

  • May 25, 2016

    NY Pharmacist Pleads Guilty In $3M Medicare Fraud Case

    A New York pharmacist pled guilty Wednesday to falsely billing $2.7 million to government health care programs largely for HIV and AIDS medication refills never requested by or given to patients, to keeping the profits and to lying about the money on his tax returns.

  • May 25, 2016

    $602B Defense Authorization Bill Advances In Senate

    The Senate on Wednesday voted almost unanimously to advance the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, following a procedural move from Democrats that meant a several-day delay on considering the $602 billion bill setting U.S. Department of Defense budget and policy.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For Negotiating And Drafting Joint E-Discovery Plans

    Anthony J. Rospert

    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.

  • Who Won In High Court's Luis Decision?

    James J. Bell

    Obviously, the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel was a big winner after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Luis v. United States. But practically speaking, there may be no winners, says James Bell of Paganelli Law Group LLC.

  • An FCA Update As We Await High Court's Escobar Decision

    Brad Robertson

    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.

  • Panama Papers: Reminders About Law Firm Cybersecurity

    Sean Doherty

    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)

  • OPINION: Sotomayor's Solution To Pro Bono Is Incomplete

    David A. Lash

    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.

  • Creating Barclay Damon: Lessons From A Law Firm Merger

    John P. Langan

    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.

  • Reflecting On The 20th Anniversary Of BMW V. Gore

    Andrew Frey

    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)

  • Corporate Counsel: Consumer Becomes Provider (The Sequel)

    Mark A. Cohen

    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.

  • Virtually All Contractors Subject To New Cybersecurity Rule

    Ronald Lee

    The rule issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and General Services Administration this week expressly lists a set of 15 security controls that most contractors will be expected to implement. While it requires concerted focus on compliance, the rule is likely to be taken as more limited and palatable to defense contractors than the DOD’s 10-month-old Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement rule, say attorneys wit... (continued)

  • Federal Claims Court Ruling May Bring New Kind Of Protest

    John E. Jensen

    The bid protest long has been the province of the disappointed bidder/offeror — the government contractor that competed for the award of a federal contract and lost. But the U.S. Court of Federal Claims' recent decision in National Air Cargo opens the door to the possibility of a bid protest by an offeror that competed and won, say John Jensen and Alexander Ginsberg of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.