Government Contracts

  • October 31, 2014

    Security Contractor's Ex-CFO Dodges Stolen Equipment Claims

    A D.C. federal judge dismissed claims against the former chief financial officer of a U.S.-based security contractor Thursday, but declined to free the company’s former vice president and CEO from the suit brought by an Iraqi company over two federal contracts.

  • October 31, 2014

    Boeing Scores $308M USAF Bomb Guidance Kit Contract

    A unit of The Boeing Co. on Thursday snagged a $308 million U.S. Air Force contract for guidance kits that convert free-fall bombs into precision “smart” weapons, according to a U.S. Department of Defense notice.

  • October 31, 2014

    Walgreen Says Gov’t Deal Dooms Gift Card FCA Suit

    Walgreen Co. is asking a Tennessee federal judge to throw out a False Claims Act suit over its alleged use of gift cards to induce Medicare and Medicaid recipients to switch pharmacies, arguing that the complaint addresses issues that have already been settled with the government.

  • October 30, 2014

    Dignity Health To Pay $37M To End Medicare Payments Row

    Dignity Health agreed to pay $37 million to settle a whistleblower suit alleging 13 of the nonprofit system’s hospitals overcharged Medicare and the U.S. military’s insurance system by admitting patients who could have been treated as outpatients, California prosecutors said Thursday.

  • October 30, 2014

    11th Circ. Revives Part Of Whistleblower Medicare Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday reinstated parts of a former Health Management Associates Inc. executive's whistleblower suit accusing the hospital operator of engaging in an illegal Medicare kickback scheme, finding that his position made some of his allegations sufficiently reliable.

  • October 30, 2014

    Whistleblower Pushes For KBR Docs Given Only To Gov't

    A whistleblower asked a D.C. federal court Thursday to make KBR Inc. hand over nearly 70,000 pages of documents it produced in response to a 2007 government subpoena related to his claims that KBR overbilled and accepted kickbacks during the Iraq War.

  • October 30, 2014

    Raytheon Wins $205M Japan Naval Weapon Upgrade Contract

    Raytheon Co. has signed a $205 million contract to provide upgrade kits, support equipment and hardware spares for the computer-controlled radar and gun maritime defense systems known as Phalanx to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the company announced Thursday.

  • October 30, 2014

    Sikorsky Warns It May Pull Out $3B Polish Helicopter Bid

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. warned the Polish government on Thursday that it may have to pull out of the competition for a $3 billion military helicopter contract, claiming that it wouldn't be able to meet the government's current tender requirements for the deal.

  • October 30, 2014

    New Zealand, Montenegro Commit To WTO's Procurement Pact

    The World Trade Organization has accepted New Zealand and Montenegro into its recently updated government procurement agreement, a move that will allow the countries access to the $1.7 trillion procurement market, the WTO said Wednesday.

  • October 30, 2014

    GAO Denies Aerospace Co.'s Protest Of $210M NASA Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed Thursday that it had rejected Sigma Space Corp.'s bid protest of a $210 million NASA satellite contract, ruling that the contract winner didn’t improperly contact the head of the board evaluating the companies’ proposals.

  • October 30, 2014

    DLA Defends Depo Refusal, Wants Contractor's Suit Tossed

    The U.S. Department of Defense and Defense Logistics Agency on Wednesday asked a Washington, D.C., federal court to terminate a suit brought against them by a Kuwaiti logistics company, saying they were well within their rights not to grant deposition requests related to a rival contractor's defamation suit.

  • October 30, 2014

    DOJ, AllQuest's Doc Dispute In $264M FCA Suit Rages On

    The U.S. Department of Justice and AllQuest Home Mortgage Corp. traded barbs in Texas federal court Wednesday in a discovery war stretching back to May in which each seeks to compel the other to cough up loan files in a $264 million False Claims Act suit.

  • October 30, 2014

    Bias Claim Over SAIC Marines Contract Warrants Discovery

    The Court of Federal Claims has ordered the federal government and Science Applications International Corp. to engage in discovery to determine whether an evaluator showed bias in steering a U.S. Marine Corps contract to SAIC over InfoReliance Corp.

  • October 29, 2014

    North Florida Shipyards To Pay $1M To Settle FCA Charges

    North Florida Shipyards Inc. and its president will pay $1 million to the U.S. government to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit charging they created a front company to win U.S. Coast Guard contracts under a disabled veterans program, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    Judge Orders Trinity To Mediate After $175M Guardrail Verdict

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday ordered Trinity Highway Products LLC to mediate its dispute over its ET-Plus guardrail system after a jury found that it had defrauded the U.S. government out of $175 million by selling dangerous guardrails to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.

  • October 29, 2014

    Biomet Pays $6M To End FCA Suit Over Bone-Growth Device

    Biomet Inc. will pay $6 million to resolve a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit in New Jersey federal court alleging that it showered doctors' office staff with kickbacks to encourage use of bone-growth stimulators and improperly billed Medicare for refurbished medical devices, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    Orbital Seeks ISS Launch Equipment In Injunction

    Hours before its shuttle launch failure on Tuesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. asked a Virginia federal court to make its subcontractor deliver key equipment that Orbital believed was being held “hostage” to prevent Orbital from cutting off the subcontractor from future work.

  • October 29, 2014

    Federal Claims Court Clarifies Murky Procurement Definition

    The government is not required to request bids from private contractors before using software it already owns, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims said in an opinion unsealed Wednesday, providing fresh precedent on what constitutes procurement.

  • October 29, 2014

    Barclays Hit With $10B Fraud, Bribery Suit Over Saudi Scheme

    Barclays Bank PLC was hit Tuesday with a Saudi Arabian real estate and construction company’s $10 billion complaint in New York state court alleging the bank fraudulently settled a suit against the Saudi government over unpaid lease payments in exchange for a share in $925 million and a lucrative banking license.

  • October 29, 2014

    Orbital Sciences Assists NASA Probe Of Antares Rocket Blast

    Orbital Sciences Corp. said Wednesday afternoon that it is working with NASA and other government agencies to investigate the Antares rocket launch failure off the coast of Virginia on Tuesday night, but warned against blaming its 1970s first-stage propulsion system.

Expert Analysis

  • Pearl Harbor Shipyard Asbestos Cases Stay In Federal Court

    Belynda Reck

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined review of Leite v. Crane Co., a tort case brought against a U.S. Navy contractor for failure to warn about asbestos hazards. Although several issues decided in this case were novel to the Ninth Circuit, the decision aligns with established precedents from other circuits regarding the ability of federal contractors to remove tort cases, says Belynda Reck of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • HHS Looks To Existing Procurement Tool For Ebola Drugs

    Jennifer Plitsch

    For companies with an interest in assisting the government in its Ebola prevention and treatment efforts, a strong working understanding of a broad agency announcement originally issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2009 is vital, say Jennifer Plitsch and Michael Wagner of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How The FEC Responded To Citizens United, McCutcheon

    Joseph Cosby

    While there may be more public debate over the rules the Federal Election Commission recently adopted in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United opinion, special attention should be given to the FEC's proposal dealing with the McCutcheon decision. Likely to be one of the more contentious provisions, the FEC requested comments on its enforcement policies concerning earmarked contributions, says Joseph Cosby of Butzel Long PC.

  • The Legal Professions’ Curious Under-Use Of 2nd Opinions

    Judge Wayne D. Brazil

    As conscientious professionals who are required to address problems with notoriously elusive dimensions, lawyers should consider securing second opinions in a much wider array of circumstances than has been the norm, says Judge Wayne Brazil, a neutrual with JAMS and former magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

  • Use Social Media For Legal Service Only As A Last Resort

    Steven Richard

    Courts remain largely skeptical about allowing litigants to serve and notify evasive parties of legal proceedings through their social media accounts. A recent split ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court shows the competing considerations, say Steven Richard and Britt Killian of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • An Associate's Perspective On Business Development

    Jason Idilbi

    Let’s face it: Taking friends or acquaintances to Justin Timberlake concerts or golf at the Ocean Course is not how we as law firm associates are going to develop business. Our primary value comes not from out-of-office networking jaunts but from bearing a laboring oar for our partners. Which is why our best approach to business development is more likely from the inside out, says Jason Idilbi of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Export Controls And The Art Of Voluntary Disclosures

    Brett Johnson

    A person who dabbles in art is not likely to paint museum-worthy masterpieces. The same principle applies to drafting, submitting and addressing the long-term impact of voluntary disclosures. Companies should prepare well in advance for a possible export control violation, says Brett Johnson of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • A Large Loophole In The Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

    Bryan King

    As shown by recent Small Business Administration decisions, the current SBA regulations generally prevent the filing of an ostensible subcontractor size protest at the task order level, creating a situation where a large business could possibly take advantage, says Bryan King of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.