Government Contracts

  • February 5, 2016

    Argentina Loses Bid To Overturn $136M ICSID Award

    An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes committee on Friday refused to annul a $136 million arbitration award ordered against Argentina in favor of two French utility companies in a dispute over the impact of measures enacted during Argentina's financial crisis on foreign investors.

  • February 5, 2016

    Local Counsel's Work In $17M Case Worth Just $5K: Judge

    A Texas federal judge on Friday rejected an argument by a Dallas attorney fired from working on a $17.3 million personal injury suit against Fluor Intercontinental Inc. that he’d done enough to collect 15 percent of contingency fees, awarding the lawyer just $5,000 after deciding that a verbal fee-sharing agreement wasn't enforceable.

  • February 5, 2016

    Minority Biz Program Lacks Goals, Metrics, DC Circ. Hears

    An information technology government contractor continued Thursday to push the D.C. Circuit to find that a federal government program giving preference in contract awards to minority-owned small businesses is unconstitutional, saying the program cites no data and has unclear goals.

  • February 5, 2016

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive IP Suit Over Goodrich Chopper Parts

    The Second Circuit declined Friday to revive a British aerospace company’s lawsuit against Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems Inc. for allegedly stealing trade secrets for technology to control U.S. Army helicopters, agreeing that ATEC took too long to make its claims.

  • February 5, 2016

    Niger Owes $28M For Broken Passport Contract, Court Told

    Africard Co. Ltd. asked a New York federal court on Thursday to confirm an international arbitration award totaling more than $28 million against the Republic of Niger, which allegedly backed out of a contract for the mass production of biometric and electronic passports.

  • February 5, 2016

    Nigeria Strong-Armed Deal In $500M Contract Beef, Co. Says

    An oil tanker supply company urged a New York federal court on Thursday to revive its suit to enforce a more than $500 million arbitration award against Nigeria's state-owned petroleum company, saying the nation’s government bullied one of the supplier’s directors into settling the contract dispute for a song.

  • February 5, 2016

    Lockheed Wins $96M Next-Gen Air Force GPS Satellite Deal

    The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $96 million contract extension to supply global positioning system satellites until 2019, the military said in a statement Thursday.

  • February 5, 2016

    Ex-Defense Contracting Exec Gets 1 Year For Kickbacks

    A defense contractor's former subcontracting official was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison, after pleading guilty to negotiating a kickback in exchange for steering bomb dispersal equipment work to a British company.

  • February 5, 2016

    Texas Justices Deny Review In Oil Well Plugging Row

    Roland Oil Co., which had appealed a final order from the Texas Railroad Commission that canceled its extension to plug inactive oil wells, was denied review in the case Friday by the Texas Supreme Court, leaving in place a lower appellate court opinion siding with the commission.

  • February 5, 2016

    2nd Circ. Shoots Down HHS Rural-Urban Hospital Rule

    A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulation limiting hospitals from being reclassified multiple times as urban or rural for the purposes of wage adjustments and drug pricing is invalid under the Medicare Act, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.

  • February 5, 2016

    GAO Upholds Navy Scoring System On Tech Upgrade Contract

    The Government Accountability Office rejected L-3 Communications’ protest of a Navy contract award to upgrade flight training technology, finding that the Navy properly graded the strengths in L-3’s bid and considered its overall value compared with the lower-priced winning proposal.

  • February 4, 2016

    FCC Warned Of Guide To Evading Inmate Call Reforms

    Inmate calling reform advocates warned the Federal Communications Commission Thursday that someone is publishing a “how-to guide” for getting around the agency's recent rate reforms and sending it to correctional authorities and local governments.

  • February 4, 2016

    Feds Arrest Texas Town Officials In Bribery Scheme

    Federal authorities on Thursday morning arrested most of the elected leadership of the small southwest Texas town of Crystal City, after a federal grand jury indicted six individuals on bribery charges.

  • February 4, 2016

    NY County Exec Cops To Rigging $311M In Contracts

    The Chief Information Office of New York’s Monroe County pled guilty to rigging bids for a $99 million information technology contract and a $212 million public safety contract, the third man to admit to his involvement in the scheme, New York’s attorney general announced Wednesday.

  • February 4, 2016

    $108M Maritime Contract Suit Paused For Negotiations

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims stayed a bid protester's suit Thursday alleging the U.S. Maritime Administration ignored a hold on a $107.7 million contract to operate certain National Defense Reserve Fleet vessels, after the parties indicated they were in settlement talks.

  • February 4, 2016

    3 Ways To Avoid Employment Compliance Reporting Missteps

    Employers are required to submit data on employee demographics to federal agencies, and a failure to comply with reporting requirements can be expensive and expose a company to legal liability. Here, experts share ways to conduct legally sound compliance reporting and avoid any mishaps.

  • February 4, 2016

    GAO Says Transpo Budget Contract Improperly Awarded

    The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday sustained a Virginia company’s protest of a contract the Department of Transportation awarded for budget management services, finding that the DOT based its decision only on raw scores for the bids without properly evaluating their merits.

  • February 4, 2016

    Korea Can’t Duck $43M BAE Suit Over Nixed F-16 Contract

    A Maryland federal court Thursday said South Korea must face defense contractor BAE's $43 million suit concerning a canceled radar upgrade for the country’s F-16 fighter jet fleet, rejecting the country’s arguments that the case did not belong in Maryland.

  • February 4, 2016

    LA Port Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion Charges

    The Port of Los Angeles’ former top police official pled guilty to tax evasion and lying to the FBI as the agency was investigating whether he took a bribe for the social networking software slated to become the port’s official smartphone app, just as his jury trial was set to begin Wednesday.

  • February 4, 2016

    Sprint Says Lifeline Service Standard Will Cost Customers

    Sprint said customers are likely to pay more if the Federal Communications Commission imposes a minimum service standard in its revamp of the low-income phone subsidy program Lifeline, telling the FCC it is "deeply concerned," according to a filing Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Fraud Trends For 2016 In 1 Word: Technology

    Gerry Zack

    The photo of a cat that an employee emails may actually contain some of the organization's most sensitive information. Steganography — a technique for hiding something in plain sight — has become a standard practice for cybercriminals in the last year and will continue to gain momentum in 2016, says Gerry Zack of BDO USA LLP.

  • What To Expect From HHS Inspector General In 2016

    Andrew Crawford

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is focusing on ways to reduce improper payments, prevent fraud and facilitate economical payment policies. Skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies should be aware of a new focus on compliance with the prospective payment system, especially relating to the documentation requirement in support of claims paid by Medicare, say attorneys with Brown Rudnick LLP.

  • Expectation Damages Now A Real Possibility In Delaware

    Philip Richter

    The Delaware Supreme Court’s decision in SIGA Technologies v. PharmAthene — stemming from a bridge loan and merger agreement between the two when SIGA was in dire financial straits — changes the calculus for a party considering whether to breach an obligation to negotiate an agreement in good faith as there is now a potential for expectation damages, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Deviate From Solicitation Instructions At Your Own Risk

    Bryan R. King

    Government contractors' quest to differentiate themselves from the competition will sometimes result in a contractor trying so hard to be clever in its reading of the solicitation that it ends up potentially jeopardizing its opportunity to win the award. This appears to have been the case in the U.S. Government Accountability Office's recent decision in Logmet, says Bryan King of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • Cicero On Legal Advocacy

    Eliot J. Walker

    Today’s lawyers might be surprised to find that the teachings of Cicero remain relevant to modern practice. In recognition of the ancient Roman orator's birthday this month, Skiermont Derby LLP attorney Eliot Walker offers three practice points for lawyers and politicians plucked from Cicero’s seminal dialogue on rhetoric.

  • 4 Ways To Improve The Business Intake Process

    Terrence J. Coan

    When executed properly, an efficient new business intake process can drive growth, minimize risk, and ensure new clients support a law firm’s business and financial objectives. But determining how to streamline the NBI process is easier said than done, says Terrence Coan, leader of HBR Consulting LLC's information governance and risk management practice.

  • Good News For Foreign Investors In US Defense Industry

    Chris Griner

    Last year, the director of the Defense Security Service won back authority to establish and revise the templates that govern "foreign ownership, control or influence" mitigation and negation agreements. Changes are also trickling into the recently modified national interest determination process, and we see modest progress, say attorneys with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • Federal Rule Changes Should Not Affect Subpoena Practice

    Elizabeth Banzhoff

    Parties serving subpoenas may argue that the recent changes to party document discovery under Rule 34 should be read into nonparty subpoena practice under Rule 45, but — if history is any indication — they likely will not be, say Elizabeth Banzhoff and Amanda Tessar of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Examining Recent Corporate Integrity Agreement Trends

    John T. Bentivoglio

    Corporate integrity agreements offer a timely perspective on health care compliance priorities in particular industry sectors. Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has focused more on compliance program structure and oversight, says Skadden partner John Bentivoglio, former associate deputy attorney general and special counsel for health care fraud at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Health Care Enforcement Reflections And Forecasts: Part 3

    Hope S. Foster

    On both the criminal and civil sides of health care enforcement in 2015, federal prosecutors emphasized their ongoing cooperation with each other and their commitment to holding individuals accountable. Looking ahead to 2016, we could see significant appellate decisions about the scope of the False Claims Act and proving cases under it, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.