Government Contracts

  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    21 At Texas Med. Center Charged In Massive Bribery Scheme

    Nearly two dozen founders of and investors in a physician-owned health care facility in Dallas have been charged in connection with roughly $40 million in bribes and kickbacks paid for patient referrals, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday in Texas federal court.

  • December 1, 2016

    Florida Nursing Homes Must Face $300M FCA Suit

    The operators of 53 skilled nursing facilities in Florida were denied sought-after pretrial victories over a whistleblower’s $300 million suit accusing them of overbilling Medicare and Medicaid, as a federal judge on Thursday found that they fell short of showing the record presents no genuine issue of material fact.

  • December 1, 2016

    Safeway Must Face Inflated Drug Price Suit

    Grocery chain Safeway Inc. cannot escape a False Claims Act suit accusing it of overbilling federal and state health care programs for prescription drugs, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • December 1, 2016

    NJ Woman Admits Role In $1M DNA Testing Medicare Fraud

    A New Jersey woman on Thursday admitted in federal court that she engaged in a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved convincing seniors to submit to unnecessary genetic testing, offering kickbacks to physicians to authorize the tests and unlawfully accessing victims' private health care information.

  • December 1, 2016

    Army Contractor Can’t Get Jury Trial In Kuwait Project Dispute

    A Virginia federal judge refused on Thursday to allow for a jury trial in a contractor's lawsuit accusing Johnson Controls of botching a U.S. Army shelter project in Kuwait as a subcontractor, concluding a jury wasn't properly requested and would be unfair to allow for at such a late stage.

  • December 1, 2016

    EU Unveils Plans For Common Defense Fund With Over €5B

    The European Commission unrolled plans for a common defense fund Wednesday, which will include over €5 billion ($5.3 billion) each year to help member states jointly invest in defense equipment, following a call from the commission's president to “toughen up” Europe.

  • December 1, 2016

    Calif., NY Back Conn.'s Renewable Certificate Program

    California, New York and four other states urged the Second Circuit to find that Connecticut's rules on tradable renewable energy certificates don’t conflict with the U.S. Constitution, saying the issue has implications for their own state programs.

  • December 1, 2016

    3rd Circ. Backs Sentences In $136M Transpo Contract Fraud

    Two former Pennsylvania businessmen convicted of fraudulently obtaining about $136 million in combined highway construction contracts meant for small, minority-owned businesses saw their revised sentences upheld Wednesday, when the Third Circuit agreed with the lower court that the pair's profits represented the fraud-induced loss.

  • December 1, 2016

    FTC Contest Didn't Create Procurement Contract: Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit held in a Thursday precedential decision that even though a man entered into a contract with the Federal Trade Commission by participating in an agency-sponsored competition seeking anti-robocalling inventions, that agreement wasn’t a procurement contract, meaning he lacks standing to object to the judging process under federal bid-protest provisions.

  • December 1, 2016

    Trump Picks Former Marine Corps Gen. For Defense Secretary

    President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his administration’s secretary of defense, he announced Thursday.

  • December 1, 2016

    Texas Jury Slaps Mortgage Lenders, CEO With $93M Verdict

    Two mortgage brokers once among the largest in the nation and their CEO must pay a $93 million verdict that is subject to trebling after a Houston federal jury ruled they tricked the federal government into covering thousands of risky loans.

  • December 1, 2016

    House Dems Raise Conflict Issues Over Trump's DC Lease

    A group of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats sent a letter to the General Services Administration boss on Wednesday, raising conflict-of-interest concerns over President-elect Donald Trump’s lease of the Old Post Office building and seeking answers as to how the agency will handle the matter going forward.

  • December 1, 2016

    Contractor Seeks New Trial Over Mont. Tribe Scandal

    A man and a construction company recently convicted of bribing an ex-Montana state legislator for $2.5 million in federally funded contracts on the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation asked for a new trial on Tuesday, saying the federal government brought in forbidden evidence at the last minute.

  • December 1, 2016

    DC Judge Won't Confirm Hardy's $74M Award Against India

    A D.C. federal judge refused Wednesday to confirm a $74 million arbitral award against India following a dispute with a Hardy Oil and Gas affiliate over rights to certain natural gas reserves after concluding that India hadn't been properly served, though he declined to dismiss the suit.

  • December 1, 2016

    GAO Says It Lacks Authority Over Protest Of IT Task Order

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday rejected a company's protest over the U.S. General Services Administration's decision to award a competitor a task order to provide IT services to the Department of Defense, finding it didn't have jurisdiction to hear a dispute over a civilian task order.

  • December 1, 2016

    Former Cuomo Aide, Ex-SUNY Prez Deny Graft Charges

    Eight men including a noted former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and an ex-State University of New York Polytechnic Institute president denied federal corruption charges at an arraignment Thursday in Manhattan, where U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni hinted at the possibility of guilty pleas in the near future.

  • November 30, 2016

    BAE Dodges Raytheon's Chancery Suit Over $1.7B F-16 Deal

    A Delaware Chancery judge on Wednesday tossed Raytheon Co.’s lawsuit against BAE Systems Holdings Inc. over a soured $1.7 billion F-16 aircraft radar upgrade sale to South Korea, ruling there was no fiduciary duty to be breached and the court didn’t have jurisdiction over the rest of the dispute.

  • November 30, 2016

    Final 2017 NDAA Drops Many Contentious Proposals

    The final 2017 National Defense Authorization Act excludes many of the more contentious proposals from earlier versions of the bill, but still makes a number of significant acquisition, policy and management changes to the Pentagon. Here are some of the higher-profile measures that made the cut — or didn't.

  • November 30, 2016

    Russian Oil Co. Says $112M Ukraine Award Upheld In Court

    Russian energy company Tatneft OAO said Wednesday it fended off a challenge by Ukraine’s government to a $112 million arbitral award over the 2007 seizure of an oil refinery, opening the door for Tatneft to enforce the decisions.

Expert Analysis

  • Defense IR&D Policy Shift Is Unnecessary, Counterproductive

    Tom Lemmer

    The proposed U.S. Department of Defense policy change regarding independent research and development is particularly shortsighted, in an era of declining budgets and a continuing desire to maintain technological superiority, because it likely will create disincentives for technology developers to innovate, and ultimately will increase DOD acquisition costs, say Thomas Lemmer and Gale Monahan of Dentons.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Conflicting Agency Guidance On Confidentiality Policies

    Celina Joachim

    In recent months, agencies not traditionally involved in the labor and employment realm have issued guidance impacting future iterations of employee handbook and code of conduct policies. Along with the guidance comes substantially higher consequences for failure to comply, including potential criminal prosecution, say Celina Joachim and Ryan Vann of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • A Review Of Key Cases Against Executives In Q3

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    Attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the third quarter’s most significant cases and government investigations impacting corporate executives.

  • What If The Government Says A False Claim Isn't False?

    Mark Strauss

    The False Claims Act lets whistleblowers with evidence of fraud against the government bring civil suits and recover damages on the government’s behalf. But what if a government agency denies being defrauded, and declares its willingness to keep paying the allegedly false claims? This question — which may be relevant under the Trump administration — is raised by Harman v. Trinity, now before the Fifth Circuit, says Mark Strauss of ... (continued)

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Transportation Policy In The Trump Era: Part 3

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    The challenge of revitalizing and updating the nation’s transportation and infrastructure will be a focus for the 115th Congress and the Trump administration. In the final installment of a three-part series, attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs look at likely developments in water infrastructure, as well as anticipated developments on the transportation and infrastructure front with regard to congressional committees.

  • How Gov't Shutdowns Impact Event Cancellation Policies

    Jonathan R. MacBride

    Though the Republicans recently took power of both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, potential partisan fighting means that government shutdowns remain a real threat. Jonathan MacBride and Isabella Stankowski-Booker of Zelle LLP discuss important considerations for event cancellation insurers.

  • Tenet Case Signals Shift In Health Care Fraud Enforcement

    Demme Doufekias

    Tenet Healthcare's recent $513 million settlement is an important development for health care companies because it demonstrates the impact of the U.S. Department of Justice’s expanded resources and nationwide focus on combating corporate health care fraud, say Demme Doufekias and Sandeep Nandivada of Morrison & Foerster LLP.