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  • April 23, 2014

    Amedisys To Pay $150M To Settle DOJ Medicare Billing Suits

    Health care company Amedisys Inc. on Wednesday has agreed to pay $150 million to settle seven whistleblower False Claims Act suits accusing some of Amedisys’ offices of billing Medicare for ineligible patients and services, as nurses and therapists allegedly bent to management pressure to increase payments. 

  • April 23, 2014

    Army Corps Delays Decision On Everglades Water Plan

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review board on Tuesday postponed giving final approval on a $2 billion water restoration plan for the Central Florida Everglades, saying it needed more time to review the plan, potentially delaying by years implementation of the critical water project.

  • April 23, 2014

    Australia To Spend $12.4B On 58 F-35 Jets And Facilities

    Australia is spending $12.4 billion to purchase 58 F-35 Lightning II jets and construct accompanying facilities as part of the country’s participation in the Joint Strike Fighter program with the U.S., according to a statement from Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office on Wednesday.

  • April 23, 2014

    US Inks $750M Deal With Foreign Gov't For Raytheon Missiles

    A foreign government has signed an agreement with the U.S. for the sale of $750 million worth of Raytheon Co.-supplied tube-launched, optically tracked and wireless-guided missiles, Raytheon announced Wednesday.

  • April 23, 2014

    Whistleblower Looks To DQ Firm From Medicare Fraud Suit

    The relator behind a lawsuit accusing a Pacific Health Corp.-owned hospital of Medicare and Medicaid fraud in violation of the False Claims Act on Tuesday requested that a California federal judge remove one of the facility's lawyers from the case because he had represented her in a previous lawsuit.

  • April 22, 2014

    CVS Decries Novartis Kickback Suit As 'Implausible'

    CVS Caremark Corp. asked a New York federal judge on Monday to toss a False Claims Act whistleblower suit alleging CVS accepted kickbacks from Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. to push leukemia drugs Gleevec and Tasigna and cystic fibrosis drug TOBI, calling the claims "fundamentally implausible."

  • April 22, 2014

    DOD Justified In Waiving Competition In Bomber Upgrade: GAO

    The Department of Defense was justified in waiving competition and prototyping requirements in planned upgrades to the B-2 bomber, and the agency expects to save money by sticking with its original contractor rather than trying to acquire intellectual property needed to recompete the upgrades, according to a Tuesday Government Accountability Office report.

  • April 22, 2014

    US Ducks $3M Indemnity Suit Over Navy Ship Towing Injury

    A Pennsylvania federal court has dismissed a suit claiming the U.S. government was liable for more than $2.8 for a worker’s injury sustained during a job towing a decommissioned Navy warship out of a Philadelphia Navy yard, saying there had been no contract between the government and the plaintiff.

  • April 22, 2014

    Contractors Praise State, USAID Rethink Of Foreign Aid

    The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development unveiled a new effort to reassess proposed reforms to foreign aid and development efforts, earning praise from contractors and government-funded nonprofits that partner with the agencies.

  • April 22, 2014

    Medicare Sued Over Erratic Payment Policies

    California laboratories on Friday filed suit in D.C. federal court over Medicare’s practice of letting private contractors restrict access to health services in certain regions, calling it an unconstitutional delegation of authority that skirts rulemaking requirements.

  • April 22, 2014

    The Accidental Advocate: Judge John E. Jones III

    Pennsylvania Middle District Judge John E. Jones III talks to Law360 about the surreal aftermath of his divisive ruling against intelligent design as he prepares for yet another potentially explosive trial over Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban.

  • April 22, 2014

    HP Nabs $117M Deal To Fire Up Colo.'s New Medicaid System

    HP Enterprise Services said Tuesday it has secured a $116.9 million deal with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to provide a new Medicaid management system.

  • April 22, 2014

    Serco Wants Whistleblower's Navy Contract FCA Suit Canned

    Serco Inc. on Monday urged a California federal court to dismiss a former employee’s whistleblower suit accusing it of falsely billing the U.S. Navy on contracts for a “virtual border” project, saying its billing was accurate and complied with the agreed contract terms.

  • April 22, 2014

    PPG Work Product Not Exposed In Superfund Brief, US Says

    The U.S. government on Monday urged a New Jersey federal judge to deny PPG Industries’ efforts to seal a government brief in a suit alleging decades-old wartime mandates require government contribution to a Superfund site remediation, challenging PPG’s claim that the brief exposes work product.

  • April 22, 2014

    GSA Sued, Scolded For Its Blind-Unfriendly Website

    U.S. General Services Administration head Daniel Tangherlini was hit with a putative class action in D.C. federal court Monday, by blind contractors who claim the GSA's website for awarding and renewing government contracts is inaccessible to the visually impaired.

  • April 22, 2014

    11th Circ. Revives Telecom Contract Suit Against Belize

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s dismissal of GDG Acquisitions LLC’s lawsuit accusing the government of Belize of breaching a contract for the lease of office telecommunications equipment, saying the district court should have consulted the agreement’s clause for forum selection.

  • April 22, 2014

    Singapore Awards $915M In Contracts For Rail Lines

    Singapore’s Land Transport Authority on Monday awarded a string of contracts worth 1.15 billion Singaporean dollars ($915.3 million) for the expansion of Singapore’s underground rail network, specifically for the new Thomson and Eastern Region Lines.

  • April 22, 2014

    General Dynamics Ditches Political Contributions

    General Dynamics Corp. will no longer make contributions to political organizations or nonprofit groups that provide funds for political campaigns, the company said on Monday, responding to allay questions and concerns from a shareholder on its lobbying strategy.

  • April 21, 2014

    Hospital Operator Settles Doctor-Overpayment Claims For $7M

    Hospital operator All Children's Health System Inc. will pay $7 million to settle a whistleblower suit alleging it ran a complex scheme to illegally overpay its physicians and stifle competition, a year after a Florida federal judge threw out the relator's previous complaint for vagueness.

  • April 21, 2014

    Consolidating Small Biz Verification Could Save $5M: Report

    The federal government could save $5 million annually if it ended the Department of Veterans Affairs' small business contractor verification program, and consolidated that job with the Small Business Administration's larger government-wide verification program, according to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Expert Analysis

  • Gender Pay Gap: A Problem For Contractors And Feds

    Alan G. King

    Data compiled on federal employee compensation reveals statistically significant differences based on gender in the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor, the two agencies expected to be most vigilant in rooting out discrimination. Thus, before the DOL considers adopting a reporting standard for federal contractors' compensation practices, it should consider how the government would fare under alternatives, say Stephen Bronas of Welch Consulting Inc. and Allan King of Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Mandatory Pro Bono Is Not The Answer For Practitioners

     Amanda D. Smith

    The State Bar of California has decided to follow New York's lead and require prospective attorneys to record 50 hours of pro bono service in order to be eligible for admission. While we applaud the intentions behind these initiatives, there are a number of reasons why state bars should limit any mandatory pro bono requirement to this context, rather than extend it to licensed attorneys as some have suggested, say attorneys with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Beware Bid Protest Settlements Promising Future Contract

    Lori Ann Lange

    Contractors who attempt to settle their bid protests with the procuring agency in exchange for receiving a future contract award need to be cautious because, as demonstrated by a recent Government Accountability Office decision, the agency may not have the legal authority to grant the contractor the relief provided for in the settlement agreement, says Lori Ann Lange of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Paycheck Fairness Act Would Have Drastic Consequences

    Paul H. Kehoe

    Should the Paycheck Fairness Act ever pass the Senate, employers would face a drastically changed landscape regarding both compensation decisions and litigation. The included measures would provide the plaintiffs bar with more bargaining power in pay discrimination claims, regardless of the merits or the employees' interest in participation, says Paul Kehoe of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Proper Economic Analysis In Anti-Kickback Statute Cases

    Sophie Yang

    Economic analyses in cases involving the Anti-Kickback Statute require careful evaluation of the market outcome. Analysts need to isolate and measure the effect of any intent to induce from the impact of other market factors. Then, the analysis can be used by the court for the interpretation and application of the Anti-Kickback Statute, say Sophie Yang and Bernard Ford of Navigant Consulting Inc.

  • When Cooperative Agreement Is Really Procurement Contract

    Carlos Aksel Valdivia

    The Federal Circuit recently ruled that the Department of Housing and Urban Development could not sidestep federal competition requirements by using cooperative agreements, instead of procurement contracts, to outsource its contract administration services. Federal contractors should remain vigilant and determine whether their agencies’ use of cooperative agreements gives rise to a potential protest, say Carlos Aksel Valdivia and Gunjan Talati of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • A Communication Gap Between Industry, Debarring Officials

    David Robbins

    There is a fundamental gap in communications between contractors and debarring officials, often making their interactions inefficient, unproductive and costly. To help bridge the gap, there are three crucial points the government should know about contractors facing suspension or proposed debarment, and three crucial points contractors should know about suspending and debarring officials, says David Robbins of Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker PA.

  • Calif.'s Prevailing Wage Law Will Punish The Noncompliant

    Jeremy C. Wooden

    California’s prevailing wage law may not be the oldest in the country, but it may be the most complex, evolving and litigated. The penalties for contractors and subcontractors who fail to comply with California's law have grown costlier — noncompliance risks up to a three-year ban on the bidding of public works projects in the state, says Jeremy Wooden of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Beware 'Jewel' Risks In Lateral Partner Hiring

    Pamela Phillips

    Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.